No European democratic country has elected a far-right leader since World War II. This could change when Austrians vote in their presidential elections, early next month. They may elect Norbert Hofer of the far-right Freedom party. The party has an anti-immigrant platform. It’s also anti-establishment. Italy is also set to hold a constitutional referendum, next month. The vote could help push into power Italy’s populist, anti-establishment Five Star Movement. We’ll speculate on a potential domino effect with Maxime Larive, associate director of the European Union Center at the University of Illinois.
Worldview’s Film Contributor, Milos Stehlik of Facets Multimedia, highlights three new films from renowned directors.
And, Chicago Folklore Ensemble has collected stories told by Chicago’s immigrant communities for a new book project titled, The World in Chicago. A new album of songs, adapted for string ensemble from the same immigrant communities, accompanies the book. This week on Global Notes, we talk with Lucia Thomas, founder of Chicago Folklore Ensemble.