The real solution is to fight populism with populism: to neuter the nativist populism of the AfD, Brexit and Le Pen with an inclusive, multicultural and inclusive populism. This requires not only a new generation of politicians, but perhaps a new style of political party.
From the far-right to the center - politicians are setting out their grand plans and grand rhetoric for the European Union ahead of May's elections. This week we spoke to Marine Le Pen who said to save Europe we must destroy it, while centre-right German MEP Manfred Weber has other ideas.
Far right leaders meet: Italian deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini and France's Marine Le Pen held a press conference saying there must be an alternative Europe and that EU commission president Jean-Claude Junker and economic minister Pierre Moscovici - are enemies of Europe
The gap between the European streets and the corridors of Brussels condemns the EU to remain a scapegoat for everyone to blame when something does not work. The only way to break such an impasse is for politics to become European and eventually offer the democratic legitimacy the EU needs.