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Daphne Halikiopoulou

Associate Professor in Comparative Politics, University of Reading

Daphne Halikiopoulou is Associate Professor in Comparative Politics at the Department of Politics and IR, University of Reading. Her work focuses on nationalism and party competition in Europe. She is mostly interested in right-wing extremism and the politics of exclusion. She is author of Patterns of Secularization: Church, State and Nation in Greece and the Republic of Ireland (Ashgate 2011); co- editor of Nationalism and Globalisation: Conflicting or Complementary (Routledge 2011 with Sofia Vasilopoulou); and co-author of the Golden Dawn’s Nationalist Solution: Explaining the Rise of the Far Right in Greece (Palgrave 2015 with Sofia Vasilopoulou).
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What Is New And What Is Nationalist About Europe's 'New Nationalism'?

What is new is that the adoption of ideological rather than biological justifications of national belonging blurs the boundaries between what is 'far' and what is mainstream. In utilising this rhetoric, these parties are increasingly able to permeate the mainstream ground and drive party competition. And this is precisely what makes them more dangerous. The 'new' nationalism is no longer simply the privilege of the far right.
20/02/2017 13:25 GMT

Austerity Brings Extremism: Why the Welfare State Is the Key to Understanding the Rise of Europe's Far Right

Welfare state policies are the link between economic crisis, unemployment and far right party support. Welfare cuts have increased the insecurity of the European middle classes that are being hit by the economic crisis. This matters because of the implications it has for policy. By reversing austerity, which results in welfare cuts and increases insecurity, we can limit the appeal of right-wing extremism.
23/09/2015 15:34 BST

Why the Golden Dawn is a Neo-Nazi Party

The Golden Dawn belongs to the fascist family and fulfils all the above criteria, including the emphasis Nazism places on the 'Nation'. So, while the party itself may reject the fascist label, it nonetheless espouses all core fascist, and more specifically Nazi, principles.
23/06/2015 17:04 BST

The Rise of Golden Dawn Casts a Shadow Over Greek Politics

The recent murder of left-wing activist Pavlos Fyssas in Greece has drawn further attention to the rise of the extreme right-wing Golden Dawn. For many, this phenomenon may be understood as the result of the economic crisis facing Greece, the severe austerity measures, declining living standards, the lack of jobs and the government shut-downs.
23/09/2013 16:51 BST