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Sat May 25, 2019, 12:39 PM

Populists Seek to Break the European Union From Within

REGGELLO, Italy — The stage was set for war. Literally. Inside a small Tuscan theater with a mock-up of a World War I trench, Susanna Ceccardi, a rising star of Italy’s hard-right League party, was flanked by rival candidates for the European Parliament elections and firing angry salvos against a club she soon hopes to join.

“This Europe must be changed, this Europe of bureaucrats, do-gooders, bankers, boats of migrants, it has to be changed,” Ms. Ceccardi, the 32-year-old mayor of Cascina, Italy, roared to smatters of applause.

She is among scores of nationalist candidates from across the Continent who are vying to win an office at the heart of the European Union — so they can break it from the inside.

Not so long ago, Europe’s populist movements were advocating a departure from the bloc, or at least from the euro currency area. But with voters overwhelmingly in favor of staying in — an attitude hardened by two years of Brexit chaos — that strategy has changed: Now they are promising an insurgency from within.

By stoking fears about mass migration, Islamization and a European elite grabbing ever more powers from national capitals, populist parties hope this election will sufficiently increase their weight in the European Parliament to allow them to gum things up, block budgets and trade deals, introduce legislation they like and interfere with things they do not.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/populists-seek-to-break-the-european-union-from-within/ar-AABTL4l?li=BBnbcA1

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Sat May 25, 2019, 12:54 PM

1. The stupid, it burns. It burns down whole continents.

How fitting to ise WWI as a backdrop.

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Sat May 25, 2019, 01:31 PM

2. On the other hand...

16th May, 2019
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Two thirds of Europeans have positive feelings towards the EU according to Eurobarometer, the highest recorded since 1983.
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a majority of voters fear the EU could collapse in the next 10 to 20 years, and as many a third of voters in France and Poland and over a quarter of voters in Germany believe that war between EU member states is a “realistic possibility” in the coming decade.
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http://www.ecfr.eu/article/despite_record_support_eu_voters_fear_collapse_of_political_framework

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