EU President Warns Against Populism After French First Round
European Union president Herman Van Rompuy has warned of a rise of “populism” and “extremism” across the continent in the aftermath of the Front National’s 18 per cent vote in France’s presidential first round. Interior ministers are to discuss changing the rules of free movement within the EU on Thursday
“Nationalist and extremist movements are on the rise; many of them blame ‘Brussels’ for bad news. There can only be one response. Telling the truth,” Van Rompuy wrote on Twitter during a visit to Romania on Wednesday.
“Regrettably, the winds of populism are affecting a key achievement of European integration: the free movement of persons within the EU,” he wrote.