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Polarisation, radicalisation and discrimination with focus on Central and Eastern Europe

The polarisation of society has now become a buzzword that is hardly missing from any political analysis. Trump, the Brexit, migration and the flight movement from the South to Europe, which has almost been pushed into the background again, also globalisation and climate change, and the Corona pandemic, which has been going on for a year now … In all these topic areas, a very fundamental polarisation of positionings is indeed emerging, which overshadows intermediate tones. 

The focus of the issue on “Polarisation, Radicalisation and Discrimination in Europe” focuses in particular on the situation in Central and Eastern Europe in the practice of prevention and intervention in the field of democracy education, group-focused enmity and right-wing extremism. Contributors to this issue include those who have been working on-the-ground in the countries, as members of civil society organisations with a sharp and trained eye; those who work in municipalities, schools and extracurricular education as “fighters on the front line” (first-line practitioners, FLPs for short, e.g. teachers, social workers, NGOs, police) on a daily basis in regular structures, in training courses, and workshops as well as in counselling; and have in-depth insights and experience of the challenges, barriers and attempts at solutions.

The articles were written for the German journal Demokratie gegen Menschenfeindlichkeit.

The German print edition was published in 1/2021 by Wochenschau Verlag and is available here.

Take a look at the English version and download it below.

Chapter 00 Introduction

Chapter 01 Polarization in Europe: Positioning for and against an open and diverse society Beate Küpper/Luca Váradi

Chapter 02 Country Profile Germany. Group-focused enmity, right-wing populism and right-wing extremism – the situation in Germany Beate Küpper

Chapter 03 Country Profile Poland. Przemysław Witkowski

Chapter 04 Country Profile Hungary Bulcsú Hunyadi, György Tatár

Chapter 05 Country Profile Romania. Polarisation and Right-wing Extremism – the situation in Romania Florina Neagu, Mihai Tatomir

Chapter 06 EU-critical attitudes in the context of the 2019 European elections: EU-sceptical, anti-EU, democracy-sceptical or anti-democratic? Verena Schäfer-Nerlich

Chapter 07 Experiencing Everyday Prejudice and Discrimination in Central and Eastern Europe: the target’s perspective on-the-ground and in the online sphere Catherine Lourdes Dy, Max Mühlhäuser, Andrea Tundis

Chapter 08 “We will be the happiest if there is nothing left for us to do.” How Experts in Five Countries of Central and Eastern Europe Assess the State of Prevention of Polarisation and Radicalisation among the Youth Luca Váradi

Chapter 09 First-line practitioners at the forefront of radicalisation prevention and intervention: experiences, difficulties, and needs Kata Bálint, Dominik Istrate, Bulcsú Hunyadi

Chapter 10 New models for countering polarization and Group-Focused Enmity György Tatár

Chapter 11 Supporting FLPs in the Online Sphere: Towards the Prevention of Polarization and Radicalization through Cyber-solutions: A first review Andrea Tundis, Catherine Lourdes Dy, Max Mühlhäuser, Ariane Olek