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EU populists echo Trump's protectionist rhetoric

Regions where job losses and cheap imports have taken a toll provide fertile ground for opponents of free trade

Members of the European Parliament showing their disapproval during a vote on the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (Ceta) in Strasbourg, France, last month. From the Netherlands to Italy, support for populist parties that have transformed the political landscape is among the strongest. 


AFTER decades of dismantling barriers, Europe is finding free trade comes with political tariffs.

For all the focus on the backlash against migrant workers, research by two academics shows the regions of Europe hit by cheaper imports and related job losses are fertile ground...

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