Extremism and populism
The rise of extremism and populism in Europe is a great concern across the EU. Populist and extremist groups are exploiting Europe's troubles – the economic crisis, austerity and unemployment – offering false solutions, promising immediate results and feeding on people's vulnerability while growing increasingly dangerous and violent.
The S&Ds were the first (and so far only) political group in the European Parliament to set up a mechanism to monitor, evaluate and react to extremist and anti-democratic activities wherever they occur in the EU. We are committed to countering their challenge to democratic principles, and to fighting every threat to fundamental rights and freedoms. We have led the way in ensuring that the European Parliament voices clear opposition to extremism and hate crimes.