A spectre is haunting the Western world - the spectre of populism.
The appeal of divisive political platforms pitting "ordinary people" against self-serving, out-of-touch elites has been on the rise for several decades. The 2008 financial crisis and the chaotic wave of asylum seekers who more recently arrived on Europe's shores accelerated the trend. Yet this year might be the year when the populist revolt starts stalling.
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