Populism is 'dangerous' trend in EU, US: EU Trade Commissioner

Cecilia Malmstrom, EU trade commissioner, speaks during a discussion on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership at the Atlantic Council in Washington DC, US, on June 29.
Cecilia Malmstrom, EU trade commissioner, speaks during a discussion on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership at the Atlantic Council in Washington DC, US, on June 29.PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

BEIJING (Reuters) - European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said on Monday (July 11) that populism in Europe, the United States and elsewhere is a dangerous thing, and if populist politicians come to power it would be a recipe for isolation and failure.

Speaking in Beijing, she said the debate in the United States was personified by Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump and included criticism of globalisation and trade.