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European Union: no populist breakthrough?

By Gwynne Dyer      

For the second time in a month, a member country of the European Union has not voted a populist into power. Could it be that the populist wave has broken?

The Spanish election on April 28 saw the traditional socialist party (PSOE) increase its vote by a quarter under the leadership of Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, pictured centre. That wasn’t the headline on April 29, of course. Good news is no news, so the media played up the fact that a particularly nasty party of right-wing populists called Vox has made it into the Spanish Parliament for the first time. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

LONDON, U.K.—For the second time in a month, a member country of the European Union has not voted a populist into power. Could it be that the populist wave has broken?

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