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The populist threat looks to have been neutralised over recent months—at least on the continent. But if political leaders aren’t careful, it will come back with a vengeance
The astonishing success of Emmanuel Macron across the Channel has provided a rapturous symbol of hope to liberals who find themselves on the wrong side of history, living in the shadow of Donald Trump and Brexit and authoritarian impulses.
But it is important to remember the pernicious and deep-seated influence that populist narratives continue to play in our societies, long after they are seemingly “neutralised” at the ballot box.
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