Skip to main content
European Commission logo print header

Countering Oppositional Political Extremism through Attuned Dialogue: Track, Attune, Limit.

Project description

New strategies to limit extremist narratives in Europe

Economic and refugee-related crises, exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, fostered political extremism, xenophobia and nationalism. In turn, these threatened democracies and the European project. Disruptive actors polarise oppositional logic using disinformation, emotions, hot cognitions, conspiracy theories and mistrust. The EU-funded OppAttune project will trace the evolution of extreme ideologies and the protectionist decision-making model to limit the spread of extremism. It will also test interventions at the national and transnational levels. OppAttune will create an OppAttune Summer Academy for students and researchers (2025) and an OppAttune Winter Academy for practitioners and policymakers (2026). OppAttune will provide micro-, meso-, and macro-level evidence-based recommendations and strategies to counter extremist narratives.

Objective

OppAttune tracks the evolution of oppositional extreme ideologies and protectionist decision-making, develops an innovative attunement model and tests a series of interventions at the national and transnational levels which limit the spread of extremism. OppAttune revitalises trust in key democratic institutions. Its actions involve an on-line I-Attune self-test interactive to build democratic capacity across diverse publics. OppAttune will create an OppAttune Summer Academy for students and researchers (2025) and an OppAttune Winter Academy for practitioners and policymakers (2026). OppAttune provides micro, meso and macro level evidence-based recommendations and strategies designed to counter the potential of extreme narratives to disrupt democratic growth. It delivers this via a multi-disciplinary consortium of 17 countries across the EU and its periphery.

Democracies and the European project are under threat by extremism and lack of political and social dialogue. Existential insecurities arising out of economic and refugee-related crises have been exacerbated by Covid-19 to create re-bordering e.g. xenophobic-nationalism and re-shoring e.g. the localisation of production. Oppositional worldviews, narratives and dissensus within public debate are all vital to a functioning democracy. However destructive polarisation of oppositional us/them logic is at the core of the rise of extremist narratives. Disruptive actors polarise oppositional logic using disinformation, emotions, hot cognitions, conspiracy theories and mistrust to create new forms of direct action. This direct action is understood to many as direct democracy. This direct action cultivates unlikely coalitions creating attractive alternative on-line/off-line worlds which spread extreme narratives into the mainstream via deep rooted sociological and historical pathways. OppAttune will track, attune and limit extreme narratives to foreground EU transnational freedoms and multilateralism.

æ

Coordinator

PANTEIO PANEPISTIMIO KOINONIKON KAIPOLITIKON EPISTIMON
Net EU contribution
€ 225 506,44
Address
Odos syngrou 136
176 71 Kallithea athina
Greece

See on map

Region
Αττική Aττική Νότιος Τομέας Αθηνών
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Links
Other funding
€ 0,00

Participants (14)

Partners (2)