Populism has weakened EU integration

The ongoing spread of populist movements is threatening EU integration as well as efforts to work out joint responses to immigration, security, not to mention other shared concerns, as ECB President Mario Draghi informed in an interview published on Wednesday.

In some of his powerful recent comments on political developments, Draghi pointed out that EU citizens' key worries were counter-terrorist security, immigration, defense as well as border protection.

All of these are supranational affairs, which require a common response. EU integration appears to be the appropriate response, though it has become weaker for the last time, partly due to populist movements.

Draghi didn’t name particular parties, though a series of movements has shaken up the EU political landscape, such as Britain's UKIP, that helped to drive the Brexit debate, and also France's National Front, that wants its own anti-EU referendum.

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