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Tenemos que hablar de una palabrita que parece ubicua en estos tiempos. Todo el mundo la utiliza: hombres y mujeres, e incluso en boca de niños la he oído. Hablo, por supuesto, de populismo. En la actualidad es imposible leer un artículo sobre política sin toparse con ella. Prácticamente todas las elecciones o referendos se encuadran en la pugna entre un populismo envalentonado y una clase dirigente en horas bajas. No hay espacio para nada más.

No me malinterpreten: el populismo es un concepto útil para comprender la situación política actual de Europa y de muchos otros lugares, pero solo si se cumplen estrictamente dos condiciones.…  Seguir leyendo »

The parliamentary election in the Netherlands on Wednesday was predicted to be the next populist show of strength after the Brexit referendum and Donald Trump’s election. The Dutch would be the first of a number of European countries to succumb to the right-wing populists’ siren songs in 2017, with the French not far behind.

It didn’t work out that way.

Geert Wilders, who is all too often described as a bleach blond or referred to as “the Dutch Trump,” did not defeat the conservative prime minister, Mark Rutte. In fact, he didn’t come close.

With more than 95 percent of the vote counted, Mr.…  Seguir leyendo »

The Dutch will vote in parliamentary elections on 15 March and, whatever the outcome, will set the stage for key elections across Europe this year – starting with the first round of the French presidential election on 23 April. Seldom has Europe followed Dutch elections so closely, and seldom have they been so unpredictable. So what can Europe expect from the Netherlands and what can we learn?

For decades Dutch elections were the most boring in western Europe, with the vast majority of people voting for the same party their whole life, creating only small electoral shifts. This changed in 2002, because of the shock effect of the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and the rise of the populist Pim Fortuyn, cut short by his murder nine days before the 2002 general election.…  Seguir leyendo »