Is a tide turning against populism?

While most eyes are fixed on Iran and China, the competition between the liberal international order and the populist demagogues who threaten it has taken an unexpected turn. In a seemingly unlikely region, a rear-guard action has quietly begun to challenge the "populist surge".

With Britain seemingly on the verge of Brexit and US President Donald Trump something of a global albatross, some analysts have written off liberalism. But others still believe that liberalism remains strong, and they still expect a "backlash to the backlash" to emerge in Western Europe.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 12, 2019, with the headline 'Is a tide turning against populism?'. Print Edition | Subscribe