'Brexit is an example of what nationalists and populists can do'

This week we focus on the fallout from Brexit. Our guest is Bulgarian President Rossen Plevneliev. He is saddened by the result but he urges the European family to stand together in this time of crisis.


As Bulgarian head of state he points out that Brexit and the referendum is an example of how direct democracy "can help but can also create problems for democracies if it falls into the hands of nationalists". He denounces the way that politicians misled people with "false" arguments during the Brexit campaign and declares that "Brexit is also an example of what nationalists and populists can do".

He compares migration to an earthquake that you can’t stop but that you can at least try to control, by protecting the borders but also by addressing the issues in Syria and in Iraq.

Presented by Eve Irvine

Produced by Isabelle Romero and Mathilde Bénézet

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