Over the past three years, countries within the EU have faced political backlash from populist leaders as fringe political parties have galvanized support.
Institutions like the EU, originally created to unite the continent, are struggling to assert authority in its member states due to the rise in populism.
Jean Gailly de Taurines (’20) said that these populist movements are growing because they feed off of how the public feels.
“[Populism is] based off of emotion not necessarily what’s best for the people,” he said.
Ily Brigui (’22) agrees and said that the rise of populism is credited to its efficiency in fueling public sentiment.
“I think that [populism] is an easier way to get angry, and therefore get more votes, and to get people more passionate,” he said.