2017 is an important year for European democracy. Elections will take place in several EU countries, including France, Germany, the Netherlands, and the Czech Republic. Given the rise of nationalist, anti-immigration parties across the continent (not to mention the shock Brexit and Trump votes in 2016), should Europe prepare itself for a populist upsurge?
In the Netherlands, the far-right Party for Freedom (PVV) has been topping the polls. Will the Netherlands follow the UK and the US down the populist path? Why do people vote for Geert Wilders?
Debating Europe has been asking Europeans to share their thoughts and comments in a series of online debates titled ‘Elections 2017 – The Netherlands’. We have been approaching politicians, economists, academics, and activists to respond to the comments of our audience, and to engage them in a debate.
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