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” European elections The EU looks like the Soviet Union in 1991 – on the verge of collapse “

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/feb/12/eu-soviet-union-european-elections-george-soros
"Europe is sleepwalking into oblivion and its people need to wake up before it is too late."

This article by George Soros blames almost everything on "the antiquated party system that ... reflects the divisions that mattered in the 19th and 20th centuries, such as the conflict between capital and labour. But the cleavage that matters most today is between pro- and anti-European forces."

Probably the EU is serving mainly as a scapegoat towards which it is possible for "anti-European forces" to deflect popular anger, and without finding a way to address the deeper causes of discontent, we'll be stuck with solutions like Brexit, and the rise of populist leaders who only make things worse.