Britons’ vote to leave the European Union on June 23 incited a wave of panic among centrists across the Continent. Far-right populists pounced on the opportunity. Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s National Front, called Britain’s decision to leave the union the beginning of a “people’s spring.” Ms. Le Pen’s fellow travelers, such as Geert Wilders in the Netherlands, Frauke Petry of Germany and Heinz-Christian Strache of Austria, have suggested similar referendums in their countries.
Europe’s centrist politicians are right to be nervous about the long-term consequences of a Brexit for Europe’s economy and political stability. But a Frexit, Dexit or Auxit should not be their top concern.… Seguir leyendo »