Matthias Diermeier is the personal scientific assistant to the director of the German Economic Institute (IW), Prof. Dr. Michael Hüther. His research focus is in political economy and voting behaviour. The goal of his research is to provide solutions to bridge gaps within societies and to answer the rising threat to liberal democracy from the populist right. Mr. Diermeier is a PhD Student at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Political Science. He holds a Master’s degree in economics from the University of Zurich, with specialization in Political Economics, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of St. Gallen. He has also studied at the Sciences Po Paris and Universidad de San Andrés, Buenos Aires. Mr. Diermeier is fluent in four European languages.