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Don’t let populist candidates fool you—research shows Europe isn’t as divided as you might think

Ahead of the European elections, it appears there are very few people who have fallen entirely for the extreme rhetoric of nationalists

By Jan Eichhorn  

Europe isn't as divided between "open" and "closed" attitudes as you might think. Photo: Prospect composite/PA

Over the past few months, Europeans have been looking at the United Kingdom with bewilderment as it tries to decide its Brexit path. But while people on the continent may rightly be puzzled, there is no room for arrogant feelings of superiority—because many of the issues dredged up by the UK debate also affect the rest of Europe. Indeed, the elections have been repeatedly described as a watershed moment and decisive in determining…

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