Veridiction and leadership in transnational populism: The case of diem25

Evangelos Fanoulis, Simona Guerra*

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While research tends to explore questions of power and leadership at the national level, populism in Europe has moved beyond national borders, with an increasing number of transnational movements and organizations. This article investigates the Democracy in Europe Movement 2025 (DiEM25) and its leadership’s main speeches. Informed by both discourse theory and Michel Foucault’s work on parrhesia (veridiction), the analysis draws on readings of transnational Euroalternativism and populism, pointing out the conflicting logic of bringing them together at the transnational level. Our findings thus stress the increasing politicization of European integration as an opportunity to mobilize transnational activities, which are based on the populist ‘people vs. the elites’ dichotomy and against Brussels’ unaccountable elites (see FitzGibbon & Guerra, 2019), while indicating the limits of leadership in a populist transnational movement (de Cleen, Moffitt, Panayotu, & Stavrakakis, 2019; Marzolini & Souvlis, 2016).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-225
Number of pages9
JournalPolitics and Governance
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Discourse analysis
  • Euroalternativism
  • Leadership
  • Parrhesia
  • Power relations
  • Transnational populism


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