- End of the EU? Wave of Populism Takes Over Bloc as Austria and Italy Prepare for Elections
by ZOIE O’BRIEN, http://www.express.co.uk/
EUROPEAN Union bosses breathed a sigh of relief when Marine Le Pen was defeated by Emmanuel Macron in France – but new studies have revealed the spread of populism is FAR from over.
Angela Merkel revealed just last month she was rocked by Brexit, and feared for the future of the EU, but the result of the French presidential election gave her new hope. However, that hope may be dashed after the findings of Epicenter (the European Policy Information Centre). Populism is being described as the ‘third force’ in Europe – with right-wing parties gaining renewed support across the bloc. The Epicenter report revealed the total number of European voters who bucked the Brussels rhetoric and chose an anti-system force at the last political elections was 21.4 percent. This means 55.8 million people preferred an alternative to traditional political forces – or those preferred by the EU.