We can learn from populists (TruLies-Blog by Hanno Burmester)

"Speech bubbles at Erg" (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by Marc Wathieu

Populism is on the rise in Europe. In a new blog article, Hanno Burmester is trying to differ­en­tiate between extremist and plural­istic movements, rather than using the catch-all phrase of populism. He also encourages estab­lished parties to criti­cally question what they can learn from their populist competitors in order to win voters back: what are parties from the far left and right doing right?

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/.

Hanno Burmester’s contri­bution can be found here.