Jean Monnet European Union Center for Excellence Director Professor Nils Ringe appears in Michele Barbero’s December, 2021 Foreign Policy article, “For Europe’s Far-Right, Vaccine Skepticism Is a Trap.” The article expands on tensions in countries across Europe regarding tighter restrictions on unvaccinated people and how far-right political parties are responding. Far-right parties are gaining more support as governments begin to implement vaccination passports and other constraints. While gaining more support, far-right parties need to find a balance between adhering to pro- and anti-vaccination sentiments within the parties and among constituencies. Professor Ringe offers his expertise on far-right parties and tactics used to gain additional followers beyond the usual ideological confines, as the coronavirus pandemic continues. Professor Ringe and Lucio Rénno are co-editing a new book, Populists and the Pandemic: How Populists Around the World Responded to COVID-19, which is set to be released in 2022.
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