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Fickle things, votes: Various election results across Europe in 2017 could be hugely significant

by Sabina Kalyan

Make no mistake, we are living in an era of regime change. Even after Brexit, which I expected and had prepared for, it was impossible to convince people of the real prospect of a Trump victory. And now that he has won I find it similarly difficult to convince people of the likelihood that at least one if not two or three of the following will happen in Europe: AfD, Alternative für Deutschland, becomes the second party in the German parliament; Italy’s prime minister Matteo Renzi loses the Italian constitutional reform referendum and resigns, bringing the Five Star Movement to power; Marine Le Pen wins the French presidential election; the Netherlands sees a non-binding anti-EU referendum forced upon it. (One tick to me already?)

All of these events represent a movement that speak to real anger at the consequences of globalisation. Be very clear, these voters are voting against the metropolitan-educated elites that own property and that have survived the globa

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