POPULIST THREAT

The Friendly Face of Fascism

Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump attends a coal mining round table discussion at Fitzgerald Peterbilt in Glade Spring, Virginia
Donald Trump's populist policies have been well received in the United States.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Several populists, including Donald Trump in the United States, the National Front in France and the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, are set to perform well in upcoming national elections.

  • Facts

    Facts

    • Far-right parties are increasingly luring voters with promises of social benefits.
    • Republican presidential candidate Mr. Trump advocates a higher minimum wage.
    • The AfD wants increased support to families; the Front National wants a return to pensions at 60.
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The western world is falling more and more under the sway of populists.

In the United States, they lifted Donald Trump to the Republican presidential nomination. In Britain, they supported the Brexit vote. In Germany, they march against immigration. In many countries, they paralyze the political process.

Populists appeal to all those who feel left behind by modern society. On the far right, they praise the nation and take refuge in notions of a better past. Often they employ images of hate, conspiracy theories or fantasies of their own superiority.

The new right propagates a divided society with clearly defined enemies, similar to the social beginnings of fascism in the last century.

Mr. Trump preaches “Americanism, not globalism,” in his campaign for the highest U.S. office.

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