In 2010 Herman Van Rompuy, who just had assumed his new role as President of the European Council, got the question about what danger is the biggest danger in Europe. His answer was short, populism.
In countries that we describe as democratic states, one can see an increase of support to populist leaders. The last years have shown us that democracy is under pressure in many countries around the world and that democracy should not be taken for granted. With this in mind, the thesis will look at populism in Greece and more specific the populist party Golden Dawn. The thesis is based on a qualitative approach to the research question “how could the populist political party Golden Dawn increase votes in democratic Greece?” This research question will be explained and discussed by using the theory of human motivation and the theory of social constructivism.