The surge in support for populist parties across Europe in recent years is well documented.
Right-wing populists are in office in Poland, Hungary and Austria, and in the Czech Republic, recently re-elected president Milos Zeman campaigned on an anti-immigration and Eurosceptic agenda.
Next month in Italy, the Five Star Movement could capitalise on anti-immigration sentiment and a stagnant economy in the country’s parliamentary elections.
But how should the European Union react? Are sanctions appropriate, or might they only serve to exacerbate the problem? And what are the consequences for French President Emmanuel Macron's vision of further European integration?
Today’s World View podcast features European Editor Patrick Smyth, Eastern Europe Correspondent Daniel McLaughlin and Assistant Editor Ruadhan Mac Cormaic.
It has become a truism that the global order is weakening and American power in particular is on the wane. But what should or can be done to arrest the decline? Should the U.S. now step back, having failed to spread liberal democracy to Russia, China and the Middle East?
In a new book, Thomas Wright of the Brookings Institution, a Washington based think tank, argues that although a new era of increased competition between powers is here to stay, the United States still has a special role to play on the world stage.
On today's podcast he talks to Chris Dooley about the nature of the global balance of power and how it is evolving, what motivates Vladimir Putin, the future of the European Union and the special risk posed by Donald Trump's presidency.
All Measures Short of War is published by Yale.
Part One: Donald Trump has appointed a new campaign manager. Is he about to introduce a more measured, muted Trump? Is such a thing possible? He might moderate his positions but the evidence suggests insults will continue to fly, says Simon Carswell.
Part Two: Austria has moved one step closer to electing a far-right president after first round voters across the country picked Austrian Freedom Party's Norbert Hofer. But unlike when Jorg Haider's inclusion in Austria's government shocked her neighbours in 2000, no-one is very surprised - a sign of the times in Europe. Derek Scally is on the line from Berlin.
Part Three: Patrick Smyth visited the observation platforms, secret tunnels and tourist shops of Korea's Demilitarized Zone last week. World View presents his report on conditions at the narrow strip of land separating North and South - and its unexpected Irish connection.
This week's podcast features Europe Editor Patrick Smyth and Berlin Correspondent Derek Scally.
The Brexit negotiations look painful from here. How do they look from Brussels? Can negotiations get back on track? Is the problem of the Irish border still high on the agenda? Plus, what are the E.U. institutions' attitudes to political unrest in Catalonia?
And today Chancellor Merkel returns to a larger and more disjointed Bundestag than she has become used to. Some are beginning to question her longevity.
Our Washington Correspondent Suzanne Lynch is travelling south from the capital city through states that voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump. It's a region divided by race, class and political dispensation. What she has heard will not be welcome news to those who would wish the Trump presidency to end prematurely.
Islamic State, or ISIS, has lost 98% of its territory in Iraq and Syria. But it persists, and even as its enemies declare victory, recent fatal attacks across the world, from New York to Kabul, remind us of the threat it still poses.
Rukmini Callimachi is a three-time Pulitzer-nominated reporter covering terror groups for The New York Times. She talks to Chris Dooley about how she got into her unusual and sometimes dangerous line of work, the state of ISIS in 2018 and the logic behind the organisation's behaviour.
Prime Minister Theresa May is facing trouble on every front: in her Cabinet, in Westminster, with Taoiseach Varadkar and Minister Coveney in Dublin, and at the Brexit negotiating table. Who would want her job? Denis Staunton is on the line from London.
In part two: heads were turned toward Poland last weekend as an Independence Day march was attended by thousands of far-right demonstrators, an expression of nationalism, anti-immigrant anger and anti-EU sentiment. The marchers were approved of by some of the ruling Law and Justice party. Derek Scally on how the far-right fits into Polish society and the growing gulf between Poland's government and Brussels.
Today's podcast focusses on Colombia. It is now over a year since the government ratified a peace deal with Farc rebels that had been rejected by a narrow majority in a referendum. Today, progress is stalling as the country faces into national elections. Many citizens still struggle to tolerate the normalisation of former guerilla fighters, and dozens of Farc members have been assassinated.
To find out about the problems facing Colombia, Dave McKechnie talked to Rafael Pardo, Colombia's post-conflict minister, and Tom Hennigan who reports on Colombia for The Irish Times.
What is President Trump’s plan for Syria? That’s the million dollar question, says Washington correspondent Suzanne Lynch in the latest episode of the World View podcast.
Last week’s US missile attack on Shayrat air base in response to a suspected gas attack by Assad forces that killed 86 people in the town Khan Sheikhoun, marked a dramatic expansion in the US rules of engagement in Syria.
Questions have been raised about the legality of the retaliation and the Trump administration has struggled to outline its policy on the Syrian conflict since the dramatic U-turn.
Suzanne Lynch reports on the latest developments in the story, as US secretary of state Rex Tillerson meets with senior Russian officials in Moscow today.
Also on the podcast, after forty years of reporting on the activities of the Basque separatist group Eta, Paddy Woodworth says this time it really does seem like it’s all over, after the nationalist organisation handed over their weapons at the weekend.
Why did it take Donald Trump several days to explicitly renounce the racist groups behind a weekend protest that turned violent and left one counter-protester dead? Suzanne Lynch on the fallout from Charlottesville, the enduring, painful legacy of slavery in the United States and how the White House could change following this latest crisis.
And Peter Murtagh reports from South Korea, where feelings towards the United States, its protector and ally, are rather complex.
On today's podcast:
Suzanne Lynch on the government shutdown in Washington and what next for President Trump and Congressional Democrats and Republicans.
Derek Scally on the tortuous path to a new 'grand coalition' between Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats and the reluctant Social Democrats, and how the two major parties have not come to grips with the political reality of their diminished power.
"This was specifically one of the issues he said he would speak up about. Whenever American values are threatened, whenever various groups of Americans are targeted".
Cody Keenan helped former U.S. president Barack Obama draft his recent statement criticising President Donald Trump's decision to end the Dreamers programme, removing legal protection from the children of undocumented immigrants.
Keenan worked in the White House throughout Barack Obama's two terms of office, becoming his head speechwriter. He understands the criticism Obama came under for breaking the tradition that former presidents not criticise incumbents.
"But you know, Donald Trump has shredded almost every democratic norm there is in America".
Last week Cody talked to Chris Dooley about shaping Obama's key speeches, the successes and failures of the administration and his insights into the apparent chaos of the Trump White House.
Denis Staunton, our London Editor, is in Manchester today where a bomb killed 22 people last night including several children. Denis assesses the particular depravity of this assault on the innocent, and the wider implications for UK security and politics.
And, as controversies at home continues to grow, President Trump is on first major foreign tour. What's at stake on this trip? Suzanne Lynch reports.
In Venezuela, the arrest of opposition leaders and the establishment of a new assembly with no opposition representation is a major rupture with the nation's democratic past. At the same time, economic breakdown could imminently lead to a 'complete social collapse', says our correspondent in South America Tom Hennigan. But newly applied U.S. sanctions on President Maduro will do more harm than good to both the country's fortunes and those of Maduro's opponents.
Meanwhile, the decision to expel U.S. diplomats from Russia in retaliation to new sanctions imposed by Congress shows just how badly wrong the once-warm relationship between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin has gone. Isabel Gorst has the view from Moscow.
Today Republicans are hoping voters in Georgia's Sixth Congressional District will choose their party's candidate again, as they have four decades straight. But the race is tight. How did this red district turn purple? Is Donald Trump to blame? And why is Barack Obama appearing in Republican attack ads? Suzanne Lynch reports.
The murder of a small boy and its shocking aftermath gripped France 30 years ago. Now new arrests have been made in "The Gregory Affair". Lara Marlowe tells the story.
Donald Trump looks certain now to pull off one of the greatest upsets in political history by beating Hillary Clinton to the White House. How did he do it, and how did the pundits get it so wrong? Hugh Linehan talks to Simon Carswell and Ruadhan Mac Cormaic, who are in New York at the Trump and Clinton HQs.
This week's podcast is all about political power and the ballot box.
In the United Kingdom, Theresa May is gambling that a snap election will give her a mandate to push Brexit through with authority, says London Editor Denis Staunton.
In France, the rising popularity of left-wing candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon has made an uncertain presidential election even more unpredictable, says Lara Marlow in Paris.
And on Sunday the passing of a referendum granted Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan much greater powers. How did he pull it off? Stephen Starr reports from Istanbul.