Looking beyond Populism: Identity Politics in the European Union (TruLies Blog by Matthias Waechter)

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Over the course of the past year populism has gained a successful foothold in national politics right across European member states. In the search for a strategy with which the European Union can fight populism, identity politics may prove to be a successful counter­weight. Populism may in fact provide an oppor­tunity for the EU to move away from its rhetorical strategies of the past towards a new narrative which reaches out and touches people emotionally.

Dr. Matthias Waechter is director at the “Institut Européen-European Institute” in Nice and fellow at the “Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS)”.

The project “TruLies – The Truth about Lies on Europe”, aided by the Stiftung Mercator and run by the Institute for European Politics (IEP) in cooper­ation with Das Progressive Zentrum, has two principal objec­tives. On the one hand, it strives to decon­struct Eurosceptic and populist preju­dices, animosities, and false asser­tions, by means of social scien­tif­i­cally-grounded analysis. Thus, it aims to contribute to a ratio­nal­i­sation of the public discourse and debate in Germany (and beyond). On the other hand, “TruLies Europe” endeavours to publicly commu­nicate its findings beyond the select circle of scholars to political actors, civil society, and the wider public. You may find further infor­mation on our website: http://trulies-europe.de/.

Matthias Waechter´s contri­bution can be found here.