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Opinion Editorial
May 8, 2017

Emmanuel Macron is no saviour, and if Europe’s old order continue to ignore the people they will fall

by
Douglas Murray

EMMANUEL MACRON has won and the problems of Europe have gone away. Or at least that seems to be the response of Europe’s elites.

The defeat of Marine Le Pen in ­Sunday’s French presidential election is like the slaying of a dragon. We have heard similar noises for months.

In December the EU breathed a sigh of relief when the Austrian Freedom Party (generally, and correctly, described as “far-right”) was beaten at the polls. They lost by 46 per cent to 54 per cent. Everybody behaved not only as if the train had not hit, but as if it had never passed by.

Then in March this year there was rejoicing again when Geert Wilders failed to gain power in the Dutch ­elections. His party only came second.

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Douglas Murray

About Douglas Murray

A bestselling author and award-winning political commentator, he previously founded the Centre for Social Cohesion, which monitors extremism in Britain. Murray is the author of numerous publications including, "Victims of Intimidation: Freedom of Speech within Europe's Muslim Communities". A columnist for Standpoint magazine, he writes for a variety of other publications, including the Spectator and Wall Street Journal. Murray is an expert on Islamist extremism and UK foreign policy. He recently published a book on the Saville Inquiry into Bloody Sunday.

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