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Strategies for combating right-wing extremism in Europe

European challenges call for European responses. The spread of extremist and xenophobic attitudes and the proliferation of right-wing political movements are challenges confronting all of Europe. European countries can learn from each other as they seek ways of dealing with such extremism. This applies particularly to Germany, where the public debate is too nationally oriented has paid far too little attention to the successful strategies and experiences of other countries. As Europe becomes more and more unified, strategies at the EU policy level, rather than those limited to a single country, are gaining importance. Right-wing extremists, moreover, are increasingly forging alliances at the European level.

Right-wing extremism represents a particular challenge to Germany's political culture. How do the political cultures of other countries deal with this phenomenon, which affects all of Europe? What can Germany learn from the strategies of other countries? Following white papers by international experts, successful approaches were identified, vetted and consolidated into practical recommendations for policymakers. Workshops were held in 2009 for the purpose of disseminating these results to a variety of target groups, building on the project's cooperation with the Center for Applied Policy Research (CAP) in Munich on issues of right-wing extremism.


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Project duration: January 1, 2007 to December 12, 2009

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