Central Europe’s Populists Took a Hit This Week

Former Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis and Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, from left to right, in Prague, Czech Republic, Jan. 16, 2020 (AP photo by Petr David Josek).
Former Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis and Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, from left to right, in Prague, Czech Republic, Jan. 16, 2020 (AP photo by Petr David Josek).
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For those who have worried about the illiberal, populist drift in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, events of the past few days have brought some rare good news. Recent political tremors have shaken several governments in the European region that led the populist wave now gaining ground across much of the world.  Despite the series of setbacks, there’s still a chance—in every instance—that when the current convulsions stop, the populist right could remain in place. But it does seem that the region is now in play. What’s remarkable is that these developments have occurred almost simultaneously. It could […]

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