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What Europe's Elections Were Really About
by Peter Martino
Europe is in political turmoil. In ever larger numbers, European voters are turning their backs on the established parties and are flocking to populist or nationalist parties on both the right and the left. This shift is happening all over Europe. Last month, one could see it in Britain, Spain, Poland, Italy and Austria. What all the parties have in common is their dissatisfaction with the policies of the European Union, whether because of immigration, the EU's austerity policies, or its social/ethical agenda.
On Sunday, May 24, the municipal elections in Spain and the presidential elections in Poland were huge successes for new parties and politicians that, until a year ago, hardly any of their present voters had ever even heard of.
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