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Europe muddles through

Far-right surge fails to materialise in elections

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Anti-Brexit demonstrators wave EU and Union flags outside the Houses of Parliament in London (File Photo: Reuters)

Business Standard Editorial Comment New Delhi
The European Union, which often appears to outsiders to be a large, unaccountable and opaque institution that is wracked by internal dissension and populist politics, demonstrated this week that this view was not entirely true. After an election to the European Parliament, which saw a turnout of over 50 per cent — not small by any means by the standards of the West — the centre of gravity of the European Parliament has not shifted as much as expected.

It is true that, in some countries, there was a resounding populist and anti-European vote. The United Kingdom — which, because

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First Published: May 28 2019 | 9:24 PM IST

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