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The Rise of Nationalist/Populist Parties in Europe:
Anti-Globalism, Anti-Immigration, and Anti-Semitism
Andrew Kahn

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The extreme right Nationalist/Populist political parties in Austria, Germany, and France have been edging ever closer toward political leadership. Nationalist/Populist parties are gaining strength in Denmark, Sweden, Holland, and Belgium. Hungary has a Nationalist/Populist party called "Jobbik," whose leader, Gabar Vona, is politically ambitious. Hungary's ultra-conservative prime minister, Victor Orban, has closed his country's borders to immigrants. Marine Le Pen, a candidate for French President in 2017, has argued against accepting new immigrants from Algeria, a former French colony. She has openly denied that France cooperated with Nazi German occupiers during WWII in rounding up French Jews - an outright falsehood. Angela Merkel of Germany worries her open-door policy toward immigrants could cost her the Chancellorship. Most varieties of populism spreading throughout Europe share a suspicion of and hostility toward intellectual elites, traditional political parties, globalism, and established institutions like the EU and NATO. Populism claims to speak for the forgotten ordinary person who has been left behind economically. It expresses itself as the voice of genuine patriotism. Outbreaks of anti-Semitism have occurred in numerous European cities. Synagogues have been desecrated with swastikas. Jewish cemeteries have had their gravestones dislodged and disfigured. Bomb threats have been made against Jewish Day Schools. In liberal Denmark, a populist politician closed a political meeting by giving the Nazi salute. The attack on immigration in Europe has been coupled with renewed hatred toward European Jews, regarded by extremists as "outsiders," even though they are native born citizens. The old shibboleth about the Zionist conspiracy to take over the world has cast European Jewry in a highly negative light. Fear has spread among Europe's Jews, some of whom are seriously considering emigrating to Israel or the United States.

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Andrew Kahn has studied political and social science on the undergraduate level at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and on the graduate level at the Universities of Pittsburgh and Maryland and at New York’s New School University. He has taught at St. Cloud University in Minnesota and Western Connecticut State University. He was a James Madison Fellow in Constitutional Law at the University of Indiana and a Commonwealth Fellow in American and European History at Swarthmore and Haverford Colleges in Pennsylvania. Andrew helped found AEGIS, the Association for Education in Global-International Studies, at Stanford University. He has traveled abroad widely, including visits to Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Scandinavia, Western Europe, Russia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Cuba. 

Time: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Date: Thursday, March 29, 2018
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
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