Four years ago, we celebrated Europe’s left-populist push. Now we have to look seriously at how little was accomplished and what might have been lost.
Anton Jäger is a doctoral student at Cambridge University.
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It's the transatlantic commentariat’s favorite political put-down. It’s also historically illiterate.