Radical right-wing populism and climate action in Europe: the case of the alternative for Germany (AfD)

İskender Düğencioğlu, Burcu.
As the driving force of the EU economy and the main bearer of the economic consequences of the bailout of the weak economies of the EU in the wake of the Euro Crisis of 2008, Germany has become a conducive ground for populist politics with its vast immigrant population. In such a political environment, the Alternative for Germany (AfD) which came out in the aftermath of the Euro Crisis as the right-wing populist party in German politics, gradually reinforced itself as the rising actor in both state and federal elections as well as at the European level. It has embraced hostile language towards climate change policy, incorporated climate science denial in its discourse and caused polarization of the issue in Germany which is known with its ambitious climate action objectives and environmentally friendly energy transformation policies and regarded internationally as “an environmental leader”. This thesis analyzes why and how the European radical right-wing populist parties are opposing climate science and climate action and scrutinizes various aspects of the case of the AfD vis-à-vis anti-climate action.


Kahraman, Sevilay (Ankara Avrupa Calismalari Dergisi, 2006)
The European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) which can be viewed as the most significant geopolitical project of the European Union (EU) after 2004 enlargement, also constitutes one of the key issues of the external agenda of the Union. The ENP is a new policy initiated in 2003 and implemented in 2005 and it offers a new partnership between the enlarged EU and wider Europe, the latter including both the EU's old Southern neighbours and the new Eastern ones as well as the Southern Caucasus countries. Central to t...
East European Countries and Turkey vis-àvis the EU: A comparative analysis of commercial relations
Akoğlu Şişman, Melda (Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi (Ankara, Turkey), 2014-12)
As all East European Countries are, in one way or another, linked to the economy, institutions, and policies of the European Union, especially with respect to its present aim of neoliberal structuring of the European continent, the 2008 financial crisis severely affected the region both economically and socially. This paper analyzes whether the negative economic and social environment in Europe, stemming from the 2008 crisis, has enhanced cooperation by promoting trade among the selected ten countries ...
The European neighbourhood policy: an assertive initiative with unsufficient means by the European Union
Şimşek, Duran; Kahraman, Sevilay; Department of International Relations (2006)
Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the European Union has focused its attention on moving the Central and Eastern European Countries towards democracy and the market economy, which culminated in the accession of these countries to the European Union on May 2004. With the accession of the ten new members to the Union, the European Union has acquired new neighbors and come closer to the old ones, with whom it had only indirectly interested in. There is a conviction in EU circles that future widen...
Crisis and search for political alternatives in Southern Europe: SYRIZA, Indignados and Five Stars Movement
Bozkurt Güngen, Sümercan (Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi (Ankara, Turkey), 2014-12)
The main purpose of this article is to examine and discuss political strategies of three different political organizations -SYRIZA in Greece, 15M Movement/Indignados in Spain, and M5S/Five Stars Movement in Italy- which gained prominence during the debt crisis management processes in Southern Europe in the late 2000s and early 2010s. It particularly focuses upon alternative strategies framed or implied by them regarding the way out of the debt and legitimacy crises. It is argued that their emergence as...
YİĞİT, GÖKÇE; Şenyuva, Özgehan; Department of International Relations (2021-11-11)
Over the last few years, the European Union has been experiencing a period of never-ending crises. The responses given by the EU and member states to these crises have shaped the EU and the political atmosphere in the member states. Analyzing the effects of crises on the EU and its member states is critical in understanding the changing dynamics of the European integration. Since 2015, the Refugee Crisis has dramatically affected and transformed European politics. Far-right political parties have grown more...
Citation Formats
B. İskender Düğencioğlu, “Radical right-wing populism and climate action in Europe: the case of the alternative for Germany (AfD),” Thesis (M.S.) -- Graduate School of Social Sciences. European Studies., Middle East Technical University, 2019.