20:06 Nov. 15, 2016
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.
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.
These changes, however, won't amount to a revolution. They will only signal a certain realignment in recognition of voters' shift to the right.