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Wednesday, July 29

Rising Autocrats and 'Freedom Fighters': How the Populist Radical Right in Germany and Europe Responds to the Corona Pandemic
2:00 pm
Marcel Lewandowsky, DAAD Visiting Assistant Professor at CES at UF
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with University of Florida and Center for European Studies

The ESC is pleased to announce the first event in its joint initiative with other Jean Monnet Chairs and Centers throughout the United States, the Jean Monnet in the USA Lecture Series. The first event is organized by our colleagues at the University of Florida, but is open to Pitt students, faculty, and friends. Stay tuned for more #JMintheUS events throughout the 2020-21 academic year!

The Corona crisis is the "hour of the executive": European countries are taking measures to regulate public life and prevent the spread of the disease. On the one hand, these seem to be unfavorable conditions for populist radical right parties. On the other, they present themselves in many countries as the voice of those who see the interventions as an inadequate restriction of their freedom or even believe in a conspiracy of the elites. This presentation will discuss how populist parties adjust their programs in the pandemic, shed light on common narratives, assess their electoral support, and pay special regard to the case of the AfD in Germany.