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Liberal Europe must retrieve its moral compass

Populism is on the rise not because it's desirable, but because liberalism has lost its way. We must help it find a new, open path

By Jan Zielonka  

Thinkers like Hannah Arendt (pictured) and Karl Popper could guide us to a new European liberalism. Photo: Leo Back institute

Populists are winning voters across the entire western world and we are at pain trying to understand why. Why was a vast body of statistical evidence showing the costs of leaving the EU ignored? How could seemingly pragmatic Brits refuse to trust them: the academics, the journalists, the experts?

Why does an overwhelming majority of Poles support the nationalist Law and Justice Party, and not the conservative liberals who made…

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