2016 established the ascendancy of Populist parties. The UK Brexit vote was soon followed by the election of former property magnate Donald Trump to the US Presidency. In the years since, this political trend has become an even more powerful force. Especially in European democracies. Newer parties are being elected on anti-establishment platforms that threaten the post-war liberal consensus. Whether right-wing or ultra-leftist, populist parties are now setting the political agenda across the continent . What does this mean for Europe's democracies, economies and political landscapes?
Populism is disastrous for politics
Populism is poison to Europe's political, economic and social wellbeing.
Populism makes for worse policy
Populism has no regard for the feasibility or inherent value of the policies it promotes. Rather than build realistic manifestos for social good, its parties build support by appealing to emotion.
Populism rejects any consideration for protecting minority rights. Its belief that nothing ought to constrain the "will of the people" therefore poses dangers to the survival of European liberal democracy.