Meet your experts on populism!


– Are we? – Hi, my name is Oliviero Angeli. I’m teaching political theory and history of political thought
at the University of Dresden. I’m one of the authors
of a big report that the Mercator Forum Migration and
Democracy published last year on populism and migration. When I’m talking with populist supporters, they usually tend to say “well, we like people like you, you Italians, but we have problems
with those coming from North Africa or Syria. You are among the good migrants in a way and those are the people we don’t like.” – Hello, everyone. My name is Sinem Adar. I’m an Einstein research
fellow at Humboldt University and a volunteer at OFF University. The desire of human beings
to make in-group/out-group differences is universal
regardless of where one is, but how these differences
and diversity is governed varies significantly from case to case. So I saw this very
clearly living in the U.S, Egypt, and now in Germany
but also coming from Turkey. Living in those places further pushed my interest
in the very question of diversity and belonging. – I am Ertug Tombus. I am a research associate at
Humboldt University of Berlin and volunteer at OFF University. I am originally from Turkey
and currently living in Berlin. I find populism an important
concept and an area at the intersection of two interests of mine: democratic theory and Turkish politics. And understanding populism
and democratic theory help also to understand the
developments in Turkey and even trying to find a way
out of the current situation. – My name is Israel Butler. I work as Head of Advocacy for the Civil Liberties Union for Europe. Currently, I’m living in
Amsterdam and I recently wrote a book, Countering
Populist Authoritarians. We’re interested in studying
populist authoritarianism because we think that it
is the greatest threat to the progress that we’ve made
since the Second World War to breathe life into pluralist democracy. I grew up in quite a working
class area which was heavily dependent on mining and in the 1980s, all of these coal mines were shut. I was surrounded by people
who were really on the losing end and the government
really didn’t care about them. And then these became the
people who voted for Brexit, who were skeptical about immigration. And really I needed to get to the bottom of why is it these people are not
angry about what politicians have done and instead are
angry at minority groups for what’s happening to them. – Ah, I need to give an answer? – Can I just explain something?

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