Weekly Geopolitical Report – European Populism (January 12, 2015)

by Bill O’Grady

In our 2015 Geopolitical Outlook, one of the risks we discussed was the rise of populism.  In this week’s report, we will focus on European populism.  The recent attack on the employees of Charlie Hebdo in France makes this a timely topic.

In this report, we will define populism, examine why populism has developed in the West, note the particular characteristics of European populism and identify the effects it could have on general geopolitics in the future.  As always, we will conclude with potential market ramifications.

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