Sovereignty’s revenge: The power of populism in the European Union

April 30, 2015, Bilyana Lilly and Jeremy Shapiro

The power of populist political parties within the European Union (EU) has grown dramatically in recent years. Parties that promise radical breaks from what have long been consensus policies on key issues including European integration, fiscal austerity, and migration have gained at the polls in key states such the United Kingdom, France, and Spain. On April 23, Brookings’s Center for the United States and Europe (CUSE) convened experts from the United States and Europe to discuss populism’s growing appeal and the future of EU integration

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