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Lecture: “The Rise of Extreme Right in Europe” by Rob Riemen
31-10-2016 at 20:00 - 21:30Free
Marine Le Pen’s Front National in France, Norbert Hofer’s FPÖ in Austria, Beppe Grillo’s M5S in Italy, Nigel Farage’s UKIP and of course Geert Wilder’s PVV in the Netherlands. The support for extreme right-wing populist parties is increasing rapidly all over Europe. The highly relevant nature of this topic makes this final lecture organized by our Introduction Committee one you won’t want to miss. This lecture is open and free to everyone.
Mr Riemen, founder and president of Nexus institute, compares the modern right-wing populism to fascism. In this lecture, he will describe the political empowerment of extreme right parties in Europe and illustrate this development using examples of Europe’s fascist past. According to him, the phenomenon fascism is a logical political consequence of today’s society. Rob Riemen is a philosopher, writer, founder, president and CEO of the Nexus Institute. With his work, he strives to continue the European humanistic tradition. His influential books ‘Nobility of Spirit’ and the ‘Eternal Return of Fascism’, translated into many different languages, both reflect this ambition.
The Nexus Institute is a highly influential intellectual association situated in the Netherlands. Three times a year, the institute publishes the cultural-philosophical magazine Nexus. The Nexus Institute moreover organizes activities, such as symposiums and lectures, in which Europe is approached from an artistic, ideological and philosophical angle. Recent speakers at the institute include for example Jeb Bush, Sonia Gandhi and George Steiner.