CHATHAM HOUSE-Professor Matthew Goodwin: In 2018, Europe’s Populist Challenges Will Continue

Despite the ‘Macron moment’, traditional politics remains under pressure across the continent.
There is no doubt that nationalist populism will remain an important driver of Europe’s debates. As we showed in our 2017 Chatham House research paper on the future of Europe, elites across the EU identify populists as their number one challenge. Thus, as we leave 2017 it seems that many observers were too optimistic about the ‘Macron moment’ and the supposed defeat of nationalist populism that was reflected in losses for Marine Le Pen and Geert Wilders in the Netherlands.


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