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Energy crisis empowers Europe’s populists harnessing anger

By Andrea Dudik and Daniel Hornak

22 Sep 2022 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

Bloomberg reports on the resurgence of populist parties on both extremes of the political spectrum across Europe—driven by grievances over rising costs.

The crowd of about 5,000 protesters were from the far right and left, and united in their anger. Waving Slovak flags, they demanded an end to the rule of "clowns" and "traitors" they blamed for saddling them with the cost of supporting Ukraine in its fight against Russia.

The gathering on Tuesday evening in Bratislava was the first joint demonstration by Slovakia's opposition parties in two years, though it wasn't just an isolated event in a small European nation next door to the war. Across the continent, hardline groups are making political capital from the economic impact of the conflict as food and energy prices soar.

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