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What the elections in Europe are telling us

20 3 16
With Britain’s decision to leave the European Union – Brexit – on one side, and U.S. President Donald Trump’s defiance of transatlantic ties on the other side, have Europeans finally awakened to the urgency that they need to take matters into their own hands, face the root of their problems, devise strategic solutions and eventually give new shape to their union?

To some, this may seem like wishful thinking, but following recent polls in Austria, the Netherlands, France, Britain and even in municipally in Italy, there is an emerging trend – which is too obvious to go unnoticed – namely, that the populist movement in Europe is gradually slowing down amid an inverse strengthening of pro-EU tendencies.

While the risk of populism still persists, it seems that common wisdom has ultimately prevailed amid the poor performance of the Freedom Party in the Netherlands, the Front National in France, UKIP in Britain and the Five Star Movement in Italy.

And this is good........

© Hürriyet Daily News