Publications in: Democracy in Europe

Digital populism: AfD lags behind its European counterparts

2017 is the year in which Germany saw elements of its first real digital election campaign. In Italy and France, this trend has mostly served populist parties, but does this hold true for Germany? Paul-Jasper Dittrich compares the online-efforts of the German "Alternative für Deutschland" with populists from other European countries. more

#SOTEU – Mr Juncker’s Delors moment?

On Wednesday, September 13, Jean-Claude Juncker delivered his third address on the State of the European Union (SOTEU). Commentators were quick to label it the most important speech of his presidency. In this blog post, Max Mannweiler explains this alleged importance, how this SOTEU differed from previous ones and why the Juncker Commission might finally become political. more

New Pact for Europe: German country report

This paper is the second of ten national reports to be published as part of the New Pact for Europe (NPE) project. In the report, the German Reflection Group provides a comprehensive overview of its discussions on the key challenges for the EU, in the fields of migration, economy and security, and on how to address them. Although the group sees the ‘current state of the Union’ as being critical, it is also convinced that the EU can still be a positive sum game for all. more

Social networks and populism in the EU – a comparative study

Why are populists seemingly so successful in communicating their messages via social networks? In this paper Paul-Jasper Dittrich offers an interpretation of populism as a political communication strategy in Germany, Italy, France and Spain. The analysis shows that populists have managed to establish social networks as a communication and mobilization tool in all four countries. more

Euroscepticism – a dynamic phenomenon

Maurits Meijers observes in this Policy Paper that Euroscepticism is a phenomenon which comes in different flavours and has changed significantly over time. In addition, the paper outlines the far-reaching consequences Euroscepticism can have for both EU politics within Memberstates and the process of EU integration as a whole. more