FROM Ian Buruma
Is the Anglo-American world order over? French President Francois Hollande said he won’t run for re-election. He’s a Socialist, and the far-right is favored to win elections in France this Spring. Voters in Italy and Austria are heading to the polls this Sunday. In Austria, the far-right candidate is expected to win the presidency. Italy’s election is widely seen as a referendum on liberal democracy. Given populist victories in other European countries, plus America’s latest presidential election, are we witnessing the end of the Anglo-American world order?
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