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.
Author: Viktor Hermann, Salzburger Nachrichten
Original Title: Sie säen Angst und Schrecken und ernten Wählerstimmen
Language of Article: German
Publishing date: 2016, March 14