Populist Movement Fading

Posted on June 13, 2017

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People around the world are finding out that populist movement leaders do not get results.

A populist movement in the United Kingdom is fading as British Prime Theresa May lost her Conservative majority in the House of Commons following a snap election.

It is reported that she might be ousted as prime minister by her party. Call it the curse of Brexit. As many Britons who voted “Leave” the European Union have come to realize, Brexit was a political Pandora’s box.

If May was right, she will have a difficult time negotiating  optimal terms for withdrawal from the EU. It is difficult to see how she (or another Conservative prime minister) wouldn’t be at a even greater disadvantage negotiating on behalf of the minority government.

The Conservative Party will consolidate with the Democratic Unionist Party to form a majority government. Meanwhile, the Labor Party is making a comeback, and there is a possibility that the United Kingdom will stay in the EU.

In the United States populist elected President Donald Trump has ran into trouble with his agenda. He promised quick kill of the Affordable Healthcare Act, building a wall on the South border that Mexico would pay for construction, stopping Muslims entering America and making “America Great Again.”  These promises all ran into roadblocks, and Trump seems in different kinds of trouble daily.

There is the possibility that the Democrats will take over the House of Representatives in 2018.

The populist movement in France failed to gain control of the presidency as Emmanuel Macron was elected president. He is a centralist.

Chancellor Angela Merkel said that Germany and the European Union must go it alone as Germany cannot depend on the United States or the United Kingdom like in the past. This is because of Trump’s attack on NATO, leaving the Paris Climate Agreement and treatment of the Chancellor when she visited Washington. Merkel was under attack about the immigration situation in Germany, but she has rebound against the populist movement and is headed for victory in September election.

It appears the populist movement will be short lived.

 

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