Negotiating with those on the extreme sides of the political spectrum can significantly impact political parties. These alliances can offer short-term gains but often raise concerns about the long-term effects on democratic values and social cohesion. In European politics, several examples highlight the complexities and risks associated with these negotiations.
Parties close to the centre must be especially careful. However, aligning with the far-left may comparatively cause fewer repercussions for centre-left, green and moderate-left parties, given an expectation among their voters for collaboration on shared progressive values. But usually, co-opting the policy agendas of extremist parties and thinking it is a good strategy often has significant long-term implications. Here are some do’s and don’ts to help you with this decision.