Hanno Burmester


Co-Facilitator on Populism


Hanno Burmester is Policy Fellow at Das Progressive Zentrum and a Berlin-based organizational developer. He is head of the project "Legitimation and self-effifacy: Impulses for the German party-democracy". Hanno has worked for several German political organizations and as investigative journalist. He has published numerous articles in print and online publications and is editor of a book on German federal politics.



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Populism Policy Recommendations Results

Policy Brief on Populism

2018 | Thinking Lab on Populism22 March 2018

Civil society actors from six European countries present their policy brief on Populism in Europe. The Thinking Lab developed nine policy recommendations focusing on the creation of trust between citizens and the political sphere.

Thinking Labs POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS Results

Final results of the Thinking Labs online!

Check out the four policy briefs21 March 2018 | Contributors to the DIALOGUE ON EUROPE
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Over the course of the last two years, civil society experts and practitioners from across Europe gathered in four DIALOGUE ON EUROPE Thinking Labs to deliver fresh ideas and to independently elaborate concrete policy recommendations on four European key areas: Migration & Integration, Populism, Social Cohesion, and Sustainable Growth. Discover the summary of their proposals and the full-length policy briefs below! (more…)

Populism Opinion analysis

Populism is not the problem

Why we should focus on values in political debate instead of style25 July 2017 | Hanno Burmester
"AfD Wahlkampfauftakt" (CC BY-NC 2.0) by strassenstriche.net

Populism is everywhere these days. Not only as a phenomenon but also as a topic in political discourse. Yet, the closer you look at it, the more you will realize that populism is quite a messy term. It signifies everything from an unease towards dissent, to the fear of a weakened democracy. More importantly, once you get a grip on how you define the term you will realize that populism may be destructive and inflammatory but is not the real problem. It is mostly a symptom for fundamental conflicts in society.

Populism Analysis

We Need Good Answers Now

Hanno Burmester on the election of Donald Trump11 January 2017 | Hanno Burmester
"Question the Answers" (CC BY 2.0) by walknboston

The helplessness of the left allows the triumph of the right. Five hypotheses on the election of Donald Trump

Populism Opinion

Feeling the Bern or Making America Great Again: What we can learn from populists in the 2017 US elections

Populist measures not only as a threat, but also as a potential for democracy within campaigning4 November 2016 | Sophie Pornschlegel, Hanno Burmester
"Bernie Sanders for President" (CC BY 2.0) by Phil Roeder, "Donald Trump as he exits the stage after" (CC BY 2.0) by markn3tel , / Desaturated from original

Politics need emotions. Campaigns need charismatic leaders representing hope. They need to come up with viable alternatives to the status quo. Democratic politicians cannot stay on the safe side. They need to get out there, explain their approaches, and to find new ways of talking to the voters. They need to have the courage to oppose those Trumps out there.

Populism Thinking Lab

Introducing the Thinking Lab on Populism

15 "next generation" thinkers gathered to develop strategies for dealing with populism24 October 2016
First Meeting of the Thinking Lab on Populism on 29 June 2016 in Berlin © DPZ

The Thinking Lab on Populism is dealing with one of the fastest growing phenomena in current European politics. Well known in other parts of the world, such as Latin America, the concept of populism is still an unclear one. While many experts and journalists characterize very heterogenous political movements such as Podemos on the one hand, and far right protest movements like the German Alternative für Deutschland, as being populist, the Thinking Lab is benefiting from a broader view on the matter and will try to bring clarity into the debate.
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Populism Opinion

We can learn from Populists

Dealing with a challenging phenomenon19 October 2016 | Hanno Burmester
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Hanno Burmester, DIALOGUE ON EUROPE Co-Facilitator and Das Progressive Zentrum Policy Fellow argues within the debate magazine Tagesspiegel Causa that established parties should learn from populist parties’ successes.

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