Conspiracy Theories in Europe: a Compilation

Two and a half years ago, Political Capital, Counterpoint, the Center for Research on Prejudice, the Institute for Public Affairs, and the Zachor Foundation embarked on a project to develop an effective response to conspiracy theories in Europe. The aim of the project was both to build a stronger understanding of conspiracy theories and rival  Read more

September 11, 2014 in Anti-Semitism research, Europe, News, Research

Seven statements about the nature of anti-Semitism in Hungary

In recent years there has been a rise in domestic and international public discourse regarding anti-Semitism in Central and Eastern Europe, particularly Hungary. However, the conversation includes simultaneously both banal understatements and hysterical overstatements, neither helpful. The analysis that follows lays out the facts about Hungarian anti-Semitism in help inform the discussion. Our statements are  Read more

August 7, 2014 in Analyses, Anti-Semitism research, Hungary, News, Research

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

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

Conspiracy ideas in Slovakia: state of affairs, shifts and contexts

As in each country, which is passing in its development through the major social changes, in Slovakia quite favorable environment exists for spreading various conspiracy ideas. Not all of them have a form of well-elaborated “theories” by which certain political forces interpret the surrounding reality and mobilize their supporters. Many remain just popular “people’s” stereotypes,  Read more

October 21, 2013 in Analyses, News, Research, Slovakia

“Hungarian threat” as conspiracy stereotype in Slovakia

The recent representative opinion poll, conducted by the Institute for Public Affairs (IVO), has indicated how widely conspiracy stereotypes are spread in the minds of people in Slovakia. Up to 63 per cent of the interviewed respondents have expressed their belief (either in stronger or in weaker extent) that it is not Slovak government, which  Read more

September 25, 2013 in Analyses, News, Research, Slovakia

Many people believe that someone “pulls the strings”

The public opinion survey[i] conducted recently in Slovakia brought quite surprising findings – more than 60% of respondents agreed with the statement “Actually, it is not the government that runs the country: we don’t know who pulls the strings”. Out of them, 20% agreed strongly and another 43% tended to agree. Only 25% disagreed (either  Read more

August 19, 2013 in Analyses, News, Research, Slovakia

The roots of radicalism and anti-Roma attitudes on the far right

This paper seeks to look more closely at the prevalence of anti-gypsy sentiment, which is one of the main pillars of Hungarian far-right movements. It will show which social groups and attitudes connect with the politically increasingly relevant anti-gypsy concept – a concept which, for all that it is extreme, has been widely accepted in Hungary in recent  Read more

March 4, 2013 in Analyses, Hungary, News, Research

Attitude radicals in Hungary – in international context

Looking at Europe as a whole, social demand for far-right ideas has not increased significantly in the wake of the current economic crisis in the past few years. In Southern and Western Europe demand for far-right ideologies shows a rising trend: in particular, prejudice has intensified dramatically in Switzerland, Belgium and Finland, and to a  Read more

February 29, 2012 in English, Hungary, News, Research

Digital Populism in Hungary: The Facebook fans of Jobbik

This paper is the first in a series of short briefing papers released in 2012 about the online support of populist political parties and street-based groups in Europe. These papers are based on a data set of 13,000 Facebook fans of these ‘nationalist populist’ parties in 12 European countries, which was first presented in the  Read more

January 30, 2012 in English, Hungary, News, Research

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