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Newsletter 24 September 2022

Dear readers,

This newsletter focuses on the rise of far-right parties across Europe, presenting reflections on why nationalist ideas are a recurring theme in politics and how the increasing support for far-right groups in politics can be explained.

In Germany, the Alternative for Germany (AfD) has gained widespread support; in Italy, far-right populism is on the rise; and in France, we are witnessing the rise of the Rassemblement National (RN). Other far-right and right-wing populist parties in Europe are also gaining national importance, which demonstrates a pattern of shifting political opinions and ideas.

The political intertwining of feminist issues with those of the struggle against the extreme right is also becoming increasingly clear, as many of the right-wing populist parties have extremely misogynistic gender policies that could have dire consequences for feminist gains. transform! europe supported the organisation and celebration of two international conferences on this topic in recent months, and we would like to draw your attention to the interesting and informative recordings of the events – Feminism and the Fight Against the Far Right in Lisbon and Feminism: An Antidote to the Far Right in Brussels.

In addition, in the newsletter you can find links to our latest publications and information on topical events organised by transform! europe and our partner organisations.

We wish you interesting reading!
Štefica Gazibara, web editor for transform! europe

Featured Article
Notes on the Far-Right
By Fabian Figueiredo
Fabian Figueiredo sketches a sharp overview of how the current circumstances in Europe and the Global North, which are dominated by war, energy crises, and nationalism, are affecting the development of the extreme right. [read more... ]
Prevented in France – Possible in Italy
By Cornelia Hildebrandt
In France, more than 13 million people voted for the presidential candidate Marine Le Pen of the far-right Rassemblement National (RN). In Italy, the post-fascist party Fratelli d'Italia (Brothers of Italy) is about to take over government in a right-wing alliance with Lega and Forza Italia. How is... [read more... ]
Sliding Further to the Right
By Gerd Wiegel
The Alternative für Deutschland looks chaotic and divided, but beneath the surface, its neo-fascist wing seems to be gaining the upper hand. An analysis by Gerd Wiegel. [read more... ]
Traditionalism’s New Golden Age – the Far Right and Russia
By Natascha Strobl
Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine has cast a light on the web of ties between influential individuals (and politicians) in Russia, Europe and the US. This not only involves oligarchs and manipulative energy tactics, but Russia’s special relationship with the far-right around the globe. [read more... ]
The Russian Extreme Right and its Relationship with the State
By Katja Woronina
Katja Woronina addresses how Russia's political power system controls and influences political and social movements or parties and how this fact affects the Russian extreme right. [read more... ]
Anti-Fascist Resistance as a Movement for Transformational Social Change
By Michael Hollogschwandtner, Mirko Messner
The ¡No pasarán! – Contested Memories symposium examined politics of remembrance, revisionism and anti-fascist resistance in the Alps-Adriatic Region. transform! europe's Michael Hollogschwandtner spoke to conference organiser Mirko Messner. [read more... ]
27 September 2022 – 29 September 2022
WTO Public Forum 2022
Towards a Sustainable and Inclusive Recovery: Ambition to Action
This year's Public Forum of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) will look at how trade can contribute to post-pandemic economic recovery. The Forum will examine, in particular, how trade rules can be strengthened, and government policies improved to create a more resilient, sustainable and inclusive... [read more... ]
04 October 2022 – 04 October 2022
Discussion event
Brazil After the Election — Implications for Sustainability in EU-Brazil Economic Relations
Rosa-Luxemburg-Foundation Brussels is hosting this online discussion right after the election in Brazil to discuss the impact of the voting result on the sustainability of the economic relations between the EU and Brazil. [read more... ]
21 October 2022 – 23 October 2022
6th European Forum
Athens European Forum 2022
The European Forum is a unique space where the left, greens and progressives can come together and share their struggles. We want to formulate — and fight for — alternative, fairer and greener solutions to the crises facing Europe. This year's Forum will be held in Athens on 21-23th of October 2022. [read more... ]
18 October 2022 – 24 October 2022
Week of Action
Solidarities for Climate Justice & Justice Transition
Focussing on the urgency of climate change and the need for a just energy transition, AEPF will have a week of events with expert webinars and collective actions to link solidarities on climate justice. [read more... ]
At the Heart of Fortress Europe
By Nidžara Ahmetašević, Klaudia Wieser
The study provides a broad mapping of Austrian-based multilateral cooperation, actors, and or­ganisations that are heavily involved in EU border externalisation policies far beyond Austrian borders – and therefore in the violent and sometimes lethal approach to people on the move. [read more... ]
How the Czech Republic Became a Colony
By Ilona Švihlíková, Dagmar Švendová
‘Jak jsme se stali kolonií’ was first published in 2015. It successfully undermined the myth of the ‘transformation success’ and showed that the position of the Czech Republic in the world economy is unsustainable and disadvantageous for its citizens. This eBook is an adapted and updated version for... [read more... ]
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