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Népszabadság - Hungary | 17/07/2007

Viktor Kiss on youth protests in Eastern Europe

Political scientist Victor Kiss takes a look on the current youth movements in Eastern Europe. "Isn't the trashy media world and its fabricated 'coverage' of events terribly depressing? Can one live with the contradiction between the eternal desire to participate in the shiny world of consumerism and the decay, the poverty and the backwardness? Can one bear the deep polarisation within domestic politics, even though it's obvious that it's only an artifice of politicians aimed at diverting attention from their own problems?... Below the surface there is seething resentment. But still, sociologists continue to focus exclusively on the experiences of the children of the upper classes. The self-confidence of neo-Nazis, the violence of football hooligans, the neo-barbarism of average youths from the provinces, the self-destruction and nihilism of drug-addicted students at universities with poor reputations - these young people are preparing to leap."

Népszabadság - Hungary | 27/10/2006

Viktor Kiss on the new populists

The Hungarian political scientist Viktor Kiss examines the reasons behind the success of populist extreme right parties. "Most EU member states are experiencing the 'side-effects' of globalisation constantly emphasised by anti-globalisation activists. This makes it easy for populists to call for a 'supplement' to the trans-national, primarily economically-oriented EU and to claim that the EU is the arbitrator of globalisation because it treats everything that is abhorrent about the global world order as an unalterable doctrine. This is how right-wing populists across Europe portray the situation. They draw their strength from their ability to combine 'conservative' themes with what were traditionally 'social democratic' themes. They offer 'social security on a national basis' as an alternative to a 'neo-liberal Europe' and are therefore attracting groups of voters they would never have reached before."

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