Populism in Romania: Between Numbness and Strong Reactions (TruLies Blog by Damian Alexandru)

"#rezist" (CC BY-ND 2.0) by Albert Dobrin

How can we resist the Erdoga­ni­zation and Orban­ization of democracy? In his blog, Damian Alexandru provides a positive reading of the situation in Romania: Though a populist and xenophobic election campaign led the Social-Democrats to victory and government, once in power, the party had diffi­culties to fulfill its promises and antag­o­nized parts of society. When the government then attempted to decrim­i­nalize corruption-like offences, the largest protests since the fall of communism erupted in Romania. Alexandru thus argues that it is civil society resis­tance that can stop populism, fake news, and the estab­lishment of “illiberal democ­racies”.

Damian Alexandru is a Researcher at the Romanian Center for European Policies.

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/.

Damian Alexandru’s contri­bution can be found here.