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Populism is on the rise throughout Europe, as both economically depressed and prosperous countries become increasingly frustrated with their established political elites.On the contrary, in a Europe composed of diverse nations, confidence in one's own identity is a prerequisite for completing economic and political integration. To be a proud European, one must be a proud German, Spaniard or Pole.The EU is not inherently incapable of addressing these challenges. The problem is that what the EU needs – more integration – is precisely what Europeans have become unwilling to support. The 70 years since the end of World War II represent only a small fraction of Europe's history – far from enough to transform the way people view themselves or their countries. The danger is that 70 years was just long enough for Europeans to begin to forget why they pursued integration in the first place.
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