chapter  6
Populism flooded Eastern Europe and the Balkans—undermining the EU
WithIvan T. Berend
Pages 20

Why is Central and Eastern Europe the real home for populism? The case of the eastern part of Germany. The relative backwardness of the region and the general feeling of being “left behind.” The region’s special migration crisis: emigration. The region’s crisis of 2008 and its consequences: the austerity policy forced by the EU and its consequences. The rise of authoritarian nationalism.