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Democrats of all stripes have been celebrating the prospect that the pro-European centrist Emmanuel Macron – not the far-right National Front's Marine Le Pen – will be France's next president.Nonetheless, Macron's populism may not be altogether a bad thing in the short term. Perhaps, in France and elsewhere nowadays, only a populist can beat a populist. If so, Macron's enlightened populism certainly is preferable to the nationalist populism that Le Pen espouses. The only true antidote to populism – the only real way to resolve the problems that ordinary people are facing – is greater political globalization. Yet, as Macron proves, not all populism need be nationalist. There is, therefore, a case to be made that populism can be taken back from the nationalists and used to advance European integration and political globalization.Tusk, like Macron, faced a formidable challenge from nationalist populism, which in Poland came in the form of the Law and Justice (PiS) party, led by the late Lech Kaczynski and his twin brother Jaroslaw, who today is Poland's de facto leader.
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