The Populist Challenge: Germany and the United States before the Elections
German political scientist Lothar Probst will examine the effects of contemporary populism on elections in Germany and the U.S. during a lecture at Dickinson titled, “The Populist Challenge: Germany and the United States before the Elections.” It will be held Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 8 p.m. in the Stern Center, Great Room, 208 W. Louther St. It is free and open to the public.
This year, both Germany and the U.S are experiencing elections where politicians use populist rhetoric to mobilize the electorate. As anti-establishment sentiments and anti-Muslim prejudices in both countries have become increasingly pronounced, Probst argues the distinct political cultures in each country are important considerations when comparing the platforms of Donald Trump and the right-winged Alternative for Germany (AfD) party. Probst will focus on the similarities and differences between Germany and the U.S with regards to contemporary populism, and will explain how this political movement has emerged as a key aspect of the coming elections.