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Can the centre right survive in Europe?

Across Europe, a chill is being felt by the centre-right parties that used to be the great bulwark of the international liberal order. What happens now?

By Andrew Gamble   July 2018

German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Photo: PA

Since the 2008 financial crash much ink has been spilled on the demise of the centre-left across Europe. Here in Britain it hastened the demise of New Labour, while in Germany it turned the SPD into a perennial junior coalition partner. They were the lucky ones. The once-dominant Pasok has been wiped out in Greece, the Socialist Party of François Mitterrand sunk to fifth at the presidential elections last year, while the Labour Party in the Netherlands slumped from coalition government to an…

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