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The Times - United Kingdom | Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Nationalism won't solve Europe's problems

Marine Le Pen, president of the French Front National, and the Dutch right-wing populist Geert Wilders plan to meet in The Hague in November to discuss cooperation in the 2014 European elections. The conservative daily The Times warns of an unholy alliance: "Mme Le Pen's juxtaposition of a renewal of nationalism against what seems to be a failed globalism is attractive to many who want to pull up the drawbridge and man the watchtowers. This is a dangerous fantasy. ... As mankind discovered to its cost in the 20th century, erecting barriers to trade, movement and contact, makes us poorer and more liable to become drawn into expensive and sometimes bloody conflicts. We must hope, therefore, that November's summit is a failure."

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