Faces of European right-wing populist trends: Denmark, Hungary and Austria?​

On Tuesday, 27th of November 2018, the Sir Peter Ustinov Institute in cooperation with the International Institute for Peace (IIP) and the Forum for Journalism and Media, invited to a panel discussion about "Faces of European right-wing populist trends: Denmark, Hungary and Austria?​".

Already in 2010 EU Council president Herman Van Rompuy declared populism as “the biggest danger to Europe”. Since then, the rise of populism within Europe – but also beyond -  has been observed by many with great concern. Denmark has a long experience with Danish People’s Party and is setting the trend in how populist discourse is adopted by the mainstream or how the toughest anti-immigrant policy in Europe has been embraced by the social democrats. However, the Danish experience remains largely unnoticed in the rest of Europe since the democratic institutions have not been essentially undermined. Hungary, on the other hand, sets different trend and Viktor Orban does not hide his ambition to influence European politics and history. His populism is different from the Danish one in style, values, and respect for the institutions. But also Austria has a long history of right-wing populist strategies – the Austrian Freedom Party is part of the government and its leader Vice Chancellor.

Six months before the European elections, the question arises: do these parties have anything in common? Should Europe be concerned about these trends? Can these parties potentially become allies in Strasbourg? What led to the rise of right-wing populism and are immigration and Islam the only issues that unite them and what could be done in order to weaken right-wing populism? These and other important questions were discussed with distinguished guests from Denmark, Hungary and Austria.




·       RADAUER, Leopold, Sir Peter Ustinov Institute, Vienna


·      SWOBODA Hannes, International Institute for Peace, Vienna

·      MERET, Susi, Aalborg University, Denmark.

·      BOZOKI, András, Central European University, Budapest


·      FENKART, Stephanie, International Institute for Peace, Vienna



Es handelte sich bei der Veranstaltung um eine Nachfolgekonferenz zur Wissenschaftlichen Konferenz zum Thema "Krise der Demokratie - Demokratie in der Krise". Mit freundlicher Unterstützung der Kulturabteilung (MA7) der Stadt Wien, des Wiener Städtischen Versicherungsvereins, der Oesterreichischen Nationalbank und des ZukunftsFonds der Republik Österreich.