Dutch election not bellwether for populist rise in Europe

Preliminary exit poll results in the Netherlands suggest that Geert Wilders’ anti-Islam Party for Freedom performed below expectations gaining only 19 of the 150 seats in the Dutch parliament. Mabel Berezin, professor of sociology at Cornell University and author of “Illiberal Politics in Neoliberal Times: Cultures, Security, and Populism in a New Europe” and “Europe […]

Marine Le Pen on upward trajectory in French regional elections

On Sunday Dec. 6, France will vote to elect presidents of its thirteen regions. Since the early fall, opinion polls have indicated that – for the first time – the right-wing anti-immigrant party National Front is likely to win in two regions. Mabel Berezin, sociologist at Cornell University, author and expert on France and European politics says […]