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Europe’s far right: Can the established parties stop them?

Populist parties are gaining ground in many countries across Europe. Can the established mainstream parties stop the rise of the far right? Our guests: Matthew Karnitschnig (Politico), Alan Posener (Welt), Géraldine Schwarz (freelance journalist)

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Matthew Karnitschnig is Chief Europe Correspondent for Politico. He says: “Europe's populists are here to stay. If traditional mainsteam parties fail to reinvent themselves soon, it's only a matter of time before the fringe supplants them.”


Alan Posener is a commentator for the daily newspaper die Welt. He says: “Political parties alone can't stop the rise of the far right. Civil society, from trade unions to football clubs, need to rally around liberal democracy. “



Géraldine Schwarz is a french-german journalist who’s just published a book about the role of her family under the Nazis. And Geraldine says: "The emergence of Europe’s far-right populists is linked to the way in which individual European countries have since the Second World War tried, or not tried, to come to terms with their history.”