This project is designed to explore the phenomenon of growing popularity of radical movements in the EU countries in the recent years and to understand what can be done to overcome the consequences.
The latest rise of the radical right parties and movements at the beginning of the 21st century caused great interest among researchers. The phenomenon is studied from a variety of positions and causes a mixed reaction. There are many reasons for this rise and the most popular of which are the large number of immigrants, difficult socio-economic situation and the crisis of political system. However, regardless these reasons, the phenomenon of growing popularity of radical right-wing movements deserves attention and requires a detailed analysis, which will explain the trend and predict its consequences. Thus the objective of the project is raising public awareness about the consequences of changes in the party and political systems of a number of EU countries for the European political institutions.
With the help of this project experts from 5 different EU countries (UK, Bulgaria, Poland, Italy, Slovenia) and Russia have an opportunity to present their positions and participate in discussions at round tables, which enhance the dynamic of research teams and help them analyze the causes and effects of increasing radical right-wing parties in Europe, as well as answer the question about the consequences and the future prospects for these political forces. The researchers involved in the discussions will be able to further develop their syllabi in EU studies programmes by joint development of content and adding actual information from round table discussions.
This project is aimed at promoting discussion and reflecting on EU issues among experts from the participating countries as well as enhancing knowledge among the partner countries about the European Union and political processes shifting the spectrum of political parties to the extreme right. Local students and researchers will be invited to round tables held in their countries and will have an opportunity to participate in discussions. Information discussed at round tables will be spread out for experts in specific subjects related to the EU issues and for civil society as a whole through the websites of the organizations involved in the implementation of the project activities, mass media and publications.