War & Peace: Defeating Populism
War & Peace: Defeating Populism
Podcast / Europe & Central Asia

War & Peace: Defeating Populism

This week on War & Peace, Olga Oliker and Hugh Pope talk to Heather Grabbe, Policy Director of Open Society European Policy Institute, about how populism works, why its appeal has grown in recent years, and the threat it poses to European society. 

Season 1 Episode 6: Defeating Populism

“Populism attaches itself to whatever issue provokes fear and outrage [and] hate speech leads to hate crime”. 

Populist parties have risen up across Europe and beyond, galvanising electorates and threatening the multilateral institutions needed to address transnational challenges like globalisation, deadly conflict, digital transformations and the climate emergency.

Heather Grabbe, Policy Director for Open Society European Policy Institute, joins Olga and Hugh on this week’s episode of War & Peace to discuss how populism works, why its appeal has grown in recent years, and the threat it poses to European democracy. From its ideological adaptability and the role of digital media in amplifying its message to its role in fuelling deadly conflict, they examine what can be done to address the grievances that these parties feed off. 

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