Nuno Casimiro Vaz Silva
Thinking Lab on Populism
Nuno Casimiro Vaz Silva (France) is project officer at the European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) programme Interreg Mediterranean. Since 2004, he has been involved in different ETC programmes and projects, such as the strategic cooperation between the regions of Galicia and the North of Portugal or the Interreg Southwest Europe. Nuno also developed research activity in the field of European policies and territorial cooperation in the framework of a master thesis.
Mainstream parties seem to believe that refusing ideological attachments and claiming that the populists are “the others” will be enough for the citizens to recognize them as the ones offering providential solutions. The problem is that, while the gap between representatives and represented is not narrowed, between a soft populism and the real thing, dangerous “others” might take the place with rather scary alternatives.
On 28 June 2016, the German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, together with the German Federal Minister of State for Europe, Michael Roth, officially launched the DIALOGUE ON EUROPE-project at the Europasaal of the German Federal Foreign Office in Berlin. (more…)
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.