The rise of the Anti-Europeans

Right-wing politicians are joining forces to cripple the EU in a critical election year

In theory, the European Union's parliamentary elections are the most international in the world.

The winners serve in a multinational legislature. They speak to one another with the help of hundreds of translators. They are members of transnational parties: In the Parliament buildings in Brussels and Strasbourg, centre-left Members of the European Parliament(MEPs) from across Europe sit with the Party of European Socialists, centre-right MEPs caucus with the European People's Party, and so on.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 15, 2019, with the headline 'The rise of the Anti-Europeans'. Print Edition | Subscribe