Articles on Anti-Establishment Parties

Bringing the radical right in: Lessons learned from Spain (Commentary)

José Ignacio Torreblanca - 13 November 2019

Vox’s success in Spain illuminates some of populism’s successful escalation strategies, as well as the mistakes of mainstream parties.

Russiagate and Italy’s governing coalition (Commentary)

Teresa Coratella - 31 July 2019

A domestic political scandal threatens to destabilise the League-Five Star coalition

The EU must defend its rule-of-law revolution (Commentary)

Piotr Buras - 11 July 2019

A recent EU court ruling has sent a chill down the spines of populist governments determined to undermine judicial independence. The new Commission must defend this crucial victory.

Europe’s emigration paradox (Commentary)

Pawel Zerka - 09 July 2019

Emigration is as much a worry for some European citizens as immigration, if not more so. What should the EU and member states do about this?

Is winter coming to the EU? (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 24 April 2019

Many observers expect a grand showdown between the forces of “open” and “closed” societies in next month’s European Parliament elections, with the very future of the European Union at stake. They are right to be worried, but wrong about the reason

Will the yellow vests movement spread across Europe? (Commentary)

Tara Varma - 12 February 2019

The yellow vests could have more influence than expected on the debates leading up to the European Parliament election

How Europe’s populists can win by losing (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 04 February 2019

The European Parliament elections this May have been described as a make-or-break moment for the future of the European project – and for good reason. With plans to form a populist united front, Eurosceptic parties need only capture one-third of parliamentary seats to bring EU governance to a crawl.

The radical right comes to Spain (Commentary)

José Ignacio Torreblanca - 04 December 2018

After this week's election in Spain, the far-right party Vox now has its first MPs. But it is too early to say if we are seeing a resurgence of Spanish nationalism. 

European election 2019: Can we cry wolf one more time? (Commentary)

José Ignacio Torreblanca - 31 October 2018

If Europhobic parties gain significant ground in June next year, it will be as much the fault of the mainstream parties as the insurgents

Bannon sets his eyes on Spain (Commentary)

Silvia González & José Ignacio Torreblanca - 24 October 2018

Spain's far-right party Vox draws the country into the continent's growing anti-European league