OPINION

EU dream under threat

The rise of political extremes and unfettered populism are two of the main challenges facing Europe at the moment.

Analysts are sounding the alarm over the political and social implications of a backlash ahead of elections for the European Parliament, set to take place in May next year.

It is essential that European governments take swift, courageous steps to tackle these worrying phenomena.

The European Union needs solid leadership and clear policies, or it runs the risk of imploding, particularly in the countries of the south, which are battling an unprecedented fiscal crisis.