Matthew Carr: Europe’s Love Affair with the Far Right8 Jul 2018 – 17:00
The horrors of the 20th Century demonstrated the dangers of a state built on far-right foundations, but parts of Europe appear unable to sever ties with these extreme ideologies.
Recently, 60,000 people took to the streets of Warsaw to mark Poland’s 99th Independence Day and many used the event to promote far-right ideals with a focus on immigration and the pursuit of white supremacy, whilst Germany now has a far-right party represented in Parliament for the first time since the 1960s.
This important panel, featuring Eliane Glaser, Liz Fekete, Rafael Behr, and Matthew Carr, will ask how and why these movements have proliferated in recent years, and what the future holds for our political landscape as a result.
Eliane Glaser is a writer, a senior lecturer at Bath Spa University, an associate research fellow at Birkbeck, University of London, and a BBC Radio producer and broadcaster. Her books include Get Real: How to See Through the Hype, Spin and Lies of Modern Life, which is about how political and financial elites legitimise themselves by co-opting authenticity, people-power, grassroots localism and progressive ideals.
Liz Fekete is Director of the Institute of Race Relations, where she has worked for over thirty years. She heads its European Research Programme (ERP) and is Advisory Editor to its journal Race & Class. She is the author of A Suitable Enemy: Racism, Migration and Islamophobia in Europe.
Matthew Carr is a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in The Observer, The Guardian, The New York Times and on BBC Radio. His books include Blood & Faith: The Purging of Muslim Spain, 1492-1614, The Infernal Machine: An Alternative History of Terrorism, and Fortress Europe: Inside the War Against Immigration.
Rafael Behr is a political columnist for the Guardian. He has been political editor of the New Statesman, chief leader writer on the Observer and a foreign correspondent for the Financial Times in Russia and eastern Europe. He was named Political Commentator of the Year in the 2014 Editorial Intelligence comment awards.