Mapping the French conspiracist web

With the help of Rudy Reichstadt, founder of ConspiracyWatch, Joël Gombin presents here a map of French conspiracist websites. (More precisely, they are French-speaking websites: some of them are from Switzerland, Belgium or Quebec). This allows us to see how a dense network of websites help to spread conspiracy theories, making themselves seem more credible by linking to  Read more

August 4, 2014 in France, News, Research

The EU will survive

Key findings The strengthening of extremism is an important signal, but the EU-committed “mainstream” remains strong. If the notion of the crisis becomes stronger within the EU, the prediction of “Europe will fall” can fulfill itself. Since the Eurosceptic parties often admit their Russian commitment, it is an open secret that their larger proportion of  Read more

May 28, 2014 in Analyses, Europe, Hungary, News

Changing Enemies of the Western far-right: from Immigrants to Europe

The more successful populist, Euro-reject parties in the last few years have shifted their platform’s central pillar from anti-immigration in 2009’s EP election to anti-EU in 2014’s EP election. The essence of the shift can be summarized as immigration still being a dominant issue in the far-right parties’ 2014 EP-campaigns, but now as a part  Read more

May 21, 2014 in Analyses, Europe, News

Mutual benefits: Jobbik ‘s pro-Iranian policy

An analysis by Political Capital Institute on the relationship between Jobbik and Iran. While Jobbik politicians are keen to characterize others as representatives of “foreign interests”, in the past few years this suspicion has been leveled most vigorously precisely against this far-right party. In our previous analysis we were focusing on the Russian connections of  Read more

March 31, 2014 in Analyses, Hungary, News

The conspiratorial mindset in Europe

Scepticism is healthy for democracy, but not when it degenerates into belief in conspiracy theories. Dieudonné and Jobbik are but two recent examples that the conspiratorial mindset is alive and well in Europe.   Read the full article on the website of Open Democracy.    

January 30, 2014 in Europe, News, Press

2013 saw extremism rising in Slovakia

Politicians should observe a consensus to not let extremists enter into the mainstream, and to not use the problems of Roma living in excluded settlements as a tool to gain votes. But there are strong negative feelings towards Roma among the Slovak population and politicians fear they would lose voter support if they were to  Read more

January 16, 2014 in News, Press, Slovakia

Conspiracy Theories in the Norwegian Media

This report by Counterpoint discusses the results of a piece of research on conspiracy theories in the traditional Norwegian media, as part of Counterpoint’s ‘Rival Political Narratives’ project. The time frame chosen is from 1st January 2013 to 6th September 2013. This time frame covers a period of political campaigning for the 2013 parliamentary election,  Read more

January 14, 2014 in News, Norway, Research

The Conspiratorial Mindset in an Age of Transition

Conspiracy Theories in France, Hungary and Slovakia – Survey Results Executive summary Conspiracy theories should not be dismissed as a psychological problem that only affects a small minority – a subtler suspicion of political institutions and their power is far more pervasive. The current period of transition in Europe has resulted in increased uncertainty about  Read more

December 20, 2013 in Analyses, France, Hungary, News, Slovakia

Enemies of freedom. Scapegoating ideologies, antisemitic conspiracy theories and counter-narratives

  A conference organised by Political Capital Institute and Szombat Jewish Political and Cultural Magazine. Date: 25-26 November, 2013. Venue: Embassy of the United Kingdom, Budapest, Hungary.   The event is organised by: The event is supported by: The European Jewish Fund, the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance and the OSI Think Tank Fund.   Overview of the program: 25 November, 2013  Read more

November 18, 2013 in Events, News

Short report on Counterpoint and’s “media and conspiracy theories” seminar

On November 8, 2013, a seminar was organised by Counterpoint (Joël Gombin) and in la Gaîté Lyrique, Paris’ space for digital arts. The focus of this seminar was the relationships between the media and conspiracy theories. What should be done about them? Should they be ignored, at the risk of fueling the idea that  Read more

November 10, 2013 in France, News, Pilot projects

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