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The shock of the British vote to leave the European Union has yet to sink in.In one-third of EU member states, such parties are members of coalition governments, and their success has driven mainstream parties to adopt some of their positions.Though these parties have very different roots, they all have one thing in common: all are trying to upend the foreign-policy consensus that has defined Europe for several decades. According to the European Council on Foreign Relations, 32 referenda are being demanded in 18 countries across the EU. Some, such as the Danish People's Party, want to follow the United Kingdom's lead and hold a vote on EU membership.Europe's shift away from diplomacy began more than a decade ago, when the Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe was rejected in popular referenda in France and the Netherlands.Instead, it must contend with the increasingly powerful forces undermining the integration that has been achieved, attempting to push Europe backward.In this new era of "vetocracy" in Europe, the diplomacy that underpinned the creation of the enlightened and forward-looking European project cannot function, leaving the EU ungovernable. Direct votes on issues like trade rules or immigration policy will gut Europe's representative democracy, just as direct votes on membership threaten to gut the EU itself.
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