In WP2 the members of the research team engaged in a series of visits aimed at collecting data and conducting interviews and research meetings on the subject of populism and its effects on democracy. A fuller knowledge of the situation on the ground in areas considered epicenters of populist mobilizations (Venezuela and Argentina in Latin America; the US; France, the Netherlands, Spain and Greece in Europe) was thus established. At the same time, the research team has started organizing and processing the data gathered during field research, in dialogue with the bibliographical review of WP1, and material from the first two WPs has started being uploaded in the (under construction) Observatory of the project. In our next step, WP3, the methodology of discourse analysis, which has been developed within WP1, will be applied in the analysis of interview transcripts and other textual materials from WP2. In particular, the team will compile three thematic studies: 1. Contemporary left-wing populism in Latin America, 2. Extreme right-wing populism in Europe, 3. Populism and anti-populism in times of crisis: Challenges for democracy. These thematic studies (WP3) will broaden our knowledge on the phenomenon in question, advance the analytical scope of our approach, and, last but not least, demonstrate the strengths and weaknesses of the discourse-analytical model, allowing for necessary revisions.