10/26/2020

Mapping the radical right in Northern Europe

The pandemic has not silenced right-wing activists. A series of online seminars with the aim to further the exchange between civil society organisations against right-wing hate in the Nordic countries and Germany.

The pandemic has not silenced right-wing extremists. Experts warn, for instance, that the current demonstrations against Anti-Corona-measures in Germany could be used to increase support for right-wing extremist ideas. 2019 saw an increase in the number of executed and averted right-wing extremist motivated terrorism – for example with the attacks in Hanau and Halle as well as the attempts in Oslo and Denmark. The attacks are interrelated. The perpetrators of the Halle and Hanau attacks for instance claimed to be inspired by among others Anders Behring Breivik. Furthermore, many of the online hate campaigns seem to be organised. Right-wing extremists are increasingly working in networks, exchanging views and ideas and spreading information across borders.

These developments and structures pose the question of how resilient and effective counter movements are. We have invited civil society actors for a series of online exchanges with the aim to strengthen ties between anti-right-wing actors in the Nordics and Germany and in the long-term establish a Nordic-German expert network. We want to create awareness for action that can support and strengthen these important organizations' work. The content will be summarized in a written briefing with political recommendations.

Here are expert interviews, made for the first exchange, examining groups, individuals and platforms of the radical right in the Nordic Countries and Germany:

Bilan Osman: The radical right in Sweden

Susi Meret: The radical right in Denmark

Oula Silvennoinen: The radical right in Finland

Nicholas Potter: The radical right in Germany

Shoaib M. Sultan: The radical right in Norway

Here are expert interviews, made for the second exchange, examining how the political discourse and debate culture have been influenced by the radical right:

Anna Ardin: How has the radical right influenced the debate culture in Sweden?

Susi Meret: How has the radical right influenced the debate culture in Denmark?

Emilia Palonen: How has the radical right influenced the debate culture in Finland?

Axel Salheiser: How has the radical right influenced the debate culture in Germany?

Cathrine Thorleifsson: How has the radical right influenced the debate culture in Norway?

Upcoming seminars in 2021:

3) Online hate and networking - and what to do about it

4) How do we counter the growing threat of right-wing extremists? Ways forward

For further questions, contact: 
Josefin Fürst
josefin.furst(at)fesnord.se

FES Nordic Countries

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