"We need to stop the radicals" from winning power, EU president says

Mainstream politicians need to redouble their efforts to stop a populist wave spreading across Europe, the president of the the European Council said Thursday.

Anti-EU, anti-immigration and right-wing opposition parties are thriving in several countries, including the National Front in France, the Northern League in Italy and Alternative for Germany (AfD).

"We need to stop the radicals in their march to power," Donald Tusk said in a Rome debate with other leading EU figures. "From Poland to Spain, from Scandinavia to Italy, they are everywhere."

Tusk, who hails from Poland, said the "only way" for the "moderate centre" to recapture voters was to pursue "tough and human and tolerant" migration policies, and to secure the EU's external borders.

Last update: Fri, 24/06/2016 - 08:49
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