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Professor Tim Bale, Europe’s populists are waltzing into the mainstream


The Economist looks at how populists and their ideas are both being picked up by established parties in Europe. Pointing to the dynamic between UKIP and Britain’s Conservatives before the Brexit referendum, Professor Tim Bale observes that “the centre right often primes the electorate for the radical right’s message...helping it to take off and then, in an attempt to counter its appeal by talking even tougher, simply makes that message even more salient and further boosts its appeal.”
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