A new era: A Populist Revolution in Europe? Not Just Yet - Bloomberg

20:06 Nov. 15, 2016

A Populist Revolution in Europe? Not Just Yet - Bloomberg

Bulgarian Socialists Party candidate Rumen Radev (AP photo)

Political observer Leonid Bershidsky talks of the populist pandemic in the world and how it influences our future

This weekend, Moldova and Bulgaria made their choice towards the right-wing populist pro-Russian leaders. 

The recent developments are not the first: Local "Trumps" have already triumphed in the U.K., Poland and Hungary, and, just beyond the European Union's borders, in Turkey. But the EU, for all its well-publicized flaws, may be better-designed than the U.S. to deal with this constructively.

Watch more Pro-Kremlin candidate wins elections in Moldova

As the right-wing forces get more representation, pressure will mount on governments to take a softer stance on Russia, the far-right's new ally which has lent these parties its propaganda machine and, at least in the case of the National Front, money.

Read more ‘Russia-friendly' Radev leading in Presidential election in Bulgaria

These changes, however, won't amount to a revolution. They will only signal a certain realignment in recognition of voters' shift to the right.

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