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What are the pros and cons of populism in politics? Show more Show less

Be they right-wing or ultra-leftist, Europe has been seemingly swept by a wave of populist sentiment. What does this mean for Europe's democracies, economies and political landscapes?

Populism is good for politics Show more Show less

Populism is popular for a reason and can bring great good
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Left wing populism is pursuing good policies

Politicians such as Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn are pushing politics to help make a more fair and equal world

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Many policies that were previously out of political discussion have become mainstream. Because of the rise of populist politicians, other political groups have been forced to add these to their manifestos to stay relevant to voters. So the rise of populism has made a lot of progressive policies more likely to be enacted, even in cases where they did not win. Some of these policies are things such as raising the minimum wage in the US and UK.

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