2019 may mark pushback against populists

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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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 01, 2019, with the headline '2019 may mark pushback against populists'. Print Edition | Subscribe