Euroskeptics, right and center

The fervent euroskepticism of Europe’s insurgent movements may strike many voters as a second-best alternative to a more convincing mainstream right. The better option would be a right capable of talking about nationhood but not hostile to the EU …

Contrast that with how … Emmanuel Macron, managed to trounce one of Europe’s most muscular europhobes, Marine Le Pen. He described economic reforms in terms of national identity—France will be a great nation again by cultivating a strong economy. In this way he has demonstrated political leadership rather than panicked followership.

Joseph C. Sternberg (paywall)

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