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The Rise Of Populism In Europe And The US

In 2015, more than a million people sought asylum in the EU. A majority came from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, countries that are largely Muslim. Along with that influx of people, the EU has also seen a rise in anti-immigrant sentiment. 

According to a recent Pew study, “majorities in Greece, Hungary, Italy and Poland express negative attitudes toward both Muslims and refugees," and in Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands, “at least half believe Muslims do not want to integrate into the larger society and majorities express concerns that refugees increase the chance of domestic terrorist attacks.” 

As this anti-immigrant sentiment grows, so do populist political parties in Europe. We take a look at what’s behind the shifts with Lee Feinstein, dean of the School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University. He has served as the national security director on the Clinton campaign during her 2008 run. He was also the US Ambassador to Poland from 2009 to 2012.

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