IRMO Brief’s no. 1/2017 deals with the issue of sovereignist populism in the European Union, considering it as a specific reaction to the trend of competency transfer from national levels to the EU. The causes of populist parties’ recent electoral successes are analyzed together with the possible consequences of these developments for the Union. The Brief looks at the repercussions that populism and elitism could have on liberal democracy, given that populism increasingly interprets democracy as a tyranny of the majority, whereas elitism – its antipode – perceives the will of the people as a hindrance in the implementation of progressive policies.

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