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 poison to political, economic and social wellbeing in Europe
Populism scapegoats minorities
The easiest way to get votes is by finding a common enemy
Populism makes for worse policy
Populism has no regard for the feasibility or inherent worth of any policy it pushes for
Populism is at odds with liberal democracy
Populism rejects the protection of minority rights, central to liberalism because it suggests that nothing ought to constrain the "will of the people"
Populism is popular for a reason and can bring great good
Populism is good for democracy
Populism brings greater representation and the will of the people
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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