DEFINING RESPONSES TO RISE OF EXTREMISM IN EUROPE
Tailor-Made Recommendations for Mainstream Parties in Central Europe
Who we are
The coordinator of this project is the European Values Think-Tank, a Prague-based non-partisan public policy institute, together with the League of Human Rights, an advocacy NGO based in Brno, Czech Republic. The project is mainly funded by the Open Society Foundations Think Tank Fund and co-funded by the International Visegrad Fund.
In recent years Europe has witnessed the rise of far-right wing and populist political parties and, even more worryingly, rising popularity of their leaders. Among the reasons why such parties gain media attention and, furthermore, dominate political space is the fact that mainstream political parties are reluctant to publicly speak about immigration and integration of various ethnic and religious minorities. Moreover, they tend to ignore such highly sensitive political topics. The lack of sufficient political communication is the main reason why populists and extremists dominate the public discourse on immigration, and why voters are more likely to perceive far-right wing and populist parties – represented by charismatic leaders – as being competent authorities for solving problems resulting from, for instance, ill-managed migration and integration policies.
What do we want to do about it?
As a result of the first part of our project, we have recently published a comprehensive monograph POLITICS AND POLICIES OF INTEGRATION IN AUSTRIA, HUNGARY, CZECHIA, DENMARK AND AT THE EU LEVEL. Politicians and party experts from centre-right and centre-left parties in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria and Poland will be separately provided with trainings and very practical tailor-made recommendations, such as how to communicate the sensitive issues of integration of immigrants and minorities to wider public and how thus lessen the chances of the extremist parties to gain control and major say in this agenda.
Five National Seminars
Public discussions, expert roundtables and closed meetings in the five Central European capitals attempt to involve various national experts, whose scope of research correlates with the issue areas the recommendations created during the first part of the project touch upon.
|Bratislava||7-8 April 2014|
|Vienna||14-15 May 2014|
|Prague||22-23 May 2014|
|Warsaw||23-24 June 2014|
|Budapest||23-24 July 2014|
Two Regional Seminars
Outcomes derived from the national seminars will be used for preparation of materials for workshops/trainings, thus offering a broader scope of expertise. Brno seminar will be organized for politicians from the strongest centre-right political parties and Bratislava seminar for politicians from the centre-left political parties to prevent meaningless debates.
|Brno||30-31 October 2014|
|Bratislava||27-28 November 2014|
Two Councluding Roundtables
|Brussels||22 April 2015|
|Brussels||13 May 2015|
Which parties will be addressed?
Without concrete improvements and results stemming from day-to-day policies, we cannot expect long-term trust in society and, moreover, successful integration at large. We again focus on measures that could ideally be implemented by politicians of both sides of the mainstream. We are, however, aware that it is not possible to provide useful recommendations for centre-left and centre-right parties all together; therefore, we have decided to split political subjects according to their political profiling.
Party of European Socialists
|Czech Social Democratic Party||ČSSD||Czech Republic|
|Social Democratic Party of Austria||SPÖ||Austria|
|Hungarian Social Democratic Party||MSZDP||Hungary|
|Hungarian Socialist Party||MSZP||Hungary|
|Democratic Left Alliance||SLD||Poland|
|Union of Labour||UP||Poland|
European People’s Party
|Tradition Responsibility Prosperity 09||TOP 09||Czech Republic|
|Christian Democratic Union – Czechoslovak People’s Party||KDU-ČSL||Czech Republic|
|Slovakian Christian Democratic Union – Democratic Party||SDKÚ-DS||Slovakia|
|Party of the Hungarian Community||SMK / MKP||Slovakia|
|Christian Democratic Movement||KDH||Slovakia|
|Austrian People’s Party||ÖVP||Austria|
|Fidesz – Hungarian Civic Union||FIDESZ||Hungary|
|Christian Democratic People’s Party||KDNP||Hungary|
|Polish People’s Party||PSL||Poland|