Many observers have noted that populism is inherent to representative democracy; after all, do populists not juxtapose ‘the pure people’ against ‘the corrupt elite’? – Cas Mudde
On April 25, 2017, I wrote the following words in an article titled The EU’s Two Intractable Issues & Election Anxiety:
Brussels is breathing a sigh of relief. Macron is heavily favored to win the runoff election according to polls.
But Brussels should not feel overly confident with this short-term respite. While Le Pen is likely to lose the runoff election, it’s telling that candidates from the French establishment parties were defeated.
Italy may be the true test for the European Union. Indeed, Italy may be the place where the fate of the European Union is decided.Continue Reading