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Populists are on the rise on both sides of the Atlantic – Donald Trump (right) has even been called ‘America’s Marine Le Pen’ (left). AAP/EPA

Trendy electoral superheroes: from the Americas to Europe, the populists confront us

Populist politicians are on the march, first in Latin America, then in Europe and the US. They are on both the left and right, and their policies vary, but their approach carries the same risks.
Leader of the Front National, Marine le Pen, the morning after her party’s strong showing in the first round of regional elections. Pascal Rossignol/Reuters

France’s Front National: an anti-regional party at heart

France's extreme-right party has national ambitions, but its lead in the first round of local elections puts it in direct contradiction with its long-proclaimed ideology.
Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras and Pablo Iglesias of Podemos have taken their populist parties to victory in Greece and a lead in the polls in Spain. Flickr/Fanis Xouryas

Populism and democracy: friend or foe? Rising stars deepen dilemma

The rise of left-wing populism challenges those who flatly denounced right-wing populism as undemocratic. Populism can appear as a democratic force in some contexts and anti-democratic in others.
Anti-Islam: Geert Wilders. EPA/VALERIE KUYPERS

Rise of Euroscepticism masks general apathy about EU vote

One month to go until the 2014 European Parliament (EP) elections. The candidates have been chosen, the posters printed and the media interpretation of the results (probably) decided. “A wake-up call for…
Night of excess - which is unlike the Swiss. AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus

Swiss vote for cap on migrants has government tied in knots

Like many others, including Christoph Blocher – the de facto leader of the Yes campaign – I was surprised by the result of Switzerland’s February 9 vote on stopping “mass immigration”. Polls suggested…

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