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Louis John Wierenga

Junior Research Fellow in Comparative Politics, Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, University of Tartu

WP4 Researcher

POPREBEL project: ‘The refugee crisis and the populist radical right in the Baltic states’

Louis Wierenga will outline the commonalities, as well as the divergent trajectories, in the emergence of right-wing populist trends in Estonia and Latvia. Particular attention will be paid to the intersections among right-wing populism, Euroscepticism, and ‘old’ (i.e. the question of the Russophone minorities) as well as ‘new’ (i.e. the refugee crisis and LGBT issues) identity-politics in the two societies. 


  • Kasekamp, Andres, Mari-Liis Madisson, and Louis Wierenga. (2019). ‘Discursive Opportunities for the Estonian Populist Radical Right in a Digital Society’. Problems of Post-Communism. 66:1. 
  • Wierenga, Louis. (2017). ‘Russians, Refugees, and Europeans: What shapes the discourse of the Conservative People’s Party of Estonia?’ Humanities and Social Sciences Latvia. Vol. 25, Issue 1.