English Defence League filling vacuum left by Mainstream Politics
Voter 'disenfranchisement' by out-of-touch politicians and fall of grassroots activism helping extremism grow, think tank warns.
Mainstream political parties must tackle far-right groups through doorstep hearts and minds campaigns that tackle anti-Muslim sentiments at local level, according to two reports on challenging extremists.
The rise of "career politicians" – and the fall of grassroots activists – has left a vacuum across Europe for populist anti-establishment organisations, warns Right Response, from international thinktank Chatham House. These now tap into the feeling of voters that they have been "disenfranchised" by out-of-touch politicians.