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Populism: Is it a dangerous path or an intriguing opportunity?

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Political landscapes are changing. Both the political right and left are calling for the complete overhaul of the ‘corrupt’, ‘elitist’ and ‘out of touch’ political establishment. Polarising language is being used to pit ‘the true will of the people’ against political institutions. Election results both in and out of Europe are showing that these ideas resonate with many people, and so populists win elections, enter parliament and make the left-right political divide seem outdated.


Does it spell out disaster for our democratic societies or does it show the need for something to be put back on track?

What actions need to be taken to renew the democratic process?

What is the EU’s role and relevance in this challenge?


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