Great Decisions - The Rise of Populism in Europe By James Kirchick

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Program Type: History & Government
Age: Adult

This event is part of a combined series.

Discover, discuss and decide how to meet some of the world's greatest challenges in this 8-week public policy discussion forum. Purchasing the $25 discussion guide from the Library Information Desk is required for registration. Make sure to leave all your contact information on the sign-in sheet when you purchase your book.  Discussion guides are available Thursday, January 17th. Checks should be made payable to Winter Park Public Library.

This week: The Rise of Populism in Europe - Mass migration, and the problems associated with it, have directly abetted the rise of populist parties in Europe. Opposition to immigration was the prime driver of support for Brexit, it brought a far-right party to the German Bundestag for the first time since the 1950s, and propelled Marine Le Pen to win a third of the vote in the French presidential election. In addition to calling for stronger borders, however, these parties are invariably illiberal, anti-American, anti-NATO and pro-Kremlin, making their rise a matter of serious concern for the national security interests of the United States.