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The intellectually arrogant arguments against “populism” fail to consider that it is an important ingredient in any democracy. It is demagoguery that is dangerous. And there is plenty of that in France’s election campaign. With many of the candidates railing against “inequality” – a strength, not a weakness of mankind – only Francois Fillon, who supports free markets and an EU that acts as a fatherland of the fatherlands, has a realistic economic and social agenda.
Prince Michael of Liechtenstein
Europe’s populist parties identify the euro as the root of most evils, exiting
the common currency won’t solve their country’s economic woes – in fact, the
solutions they propose will probably make them worse. Voters have recognized
this. But anti-immigration sentiment remains a powerful weapon in their
arsenal, and Brussels seems unwilling to take the necessary measures to address
Professor Enrico Colombatto