Summary: The success of populists is homegrown: their propaganda generates fears which drive citizens into their arms. A regional election in Hessen (Germany) and government election in Slovakia showed the same results: Islamophobic wording attracts voters. Frustrated citizens and politicians playing with power derived from democratic societies to legitimise dictatorships, are an explosive mixture.

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Author: Viktor Hermann, Salzburger Nachrichten

Original Title: Sie säen Angst und Schrecken und ernten Wählerstimmen

Language of Article: German

Publishing date: 2016, March 14