Talk: The Far Right After the Russian Re-Invasion

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Prof. Cas Mudde, PhD, University of Georgia, Athens




Thursday, June 23, 2022, 6.00pm


Gutenberg Hub, Taunusstraße 59-61, 55118 Mainz (Karte)


Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Rheinland-Pfalz
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Over the past decades, the media have portrayed the European far right as “Putin’s puppets”. While this image is stereotypical, it is true that most far-right parties have been supportive, or at least not critical, of Putin and Russia over the last years.

The 2022 (re-)invasion of Ukraine has put all relations with Russia under a microscope, as sanctions are hitting Russia, and potentially its enablers, hard. How has the European far right responded to the Russian re-invasion? What do these responses say about the “Putin’s puppets” thesis? And how will they effect far-right collaboration and mainstreaming in the future?

Prof. Cas Mudde, one of the best-known and most distinguished experts on populism and the far right, will speak about these current developments and what the impact of the Russian re-invasion will be on the European far right.

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Cas Mudde

is the Stanley Wade Shelton UGAF Professor in International Affairs and a Distinguished Research Professor at the University of Georgia and a Professor II in the Center for Research on Extremism (C-REX) at the University of Oslo. His primary research agenda is build around the crucial question: How can liberal democracies defend themselves against extremist challenges without undermining their own core values?


His recent books include “The Far Right Today” (Polity, 2019) and, with Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser, “Populism: A Very Short Introduction” (Oxford University Press, 2017), which were both published in German by J.W. Dietz Verlag. Cas Mudde is a columnist for the Guardian US, a regular contributor to VoxEuropa, and host of the podcast RADIKAAL, which focuses on the radical aspects of music, politics, and sports.

More about Cas Mudde can be found here.