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5 Fringe Politicians That Could Throw Europe Into Chaos In 2015

16 December 2014 - - Europe is in a bad place right now.

Deflation is looming and growth is nowhere to be seen. There's conflict in Ukraine, unemployment is still eye-wateringly high, and it doesn't seem like much of that is going to change any time soon.

So insurgent opposition parties are popping up all over the continent, promising an end to crisis or a return to how things used to be.

Here's what Citi's researchers had to say about Europe's political developments in their outlook for 2015:

Future developed country elections will likely continue to see the popularity of new — and not so new — anti-establishment parties, from France’s National Front to Greece’s Syriza to Spain’s up-and-coming far-left Podemos, increasing the risk of fragile multi-party coalitions and reducing the already limited political capital of leaders. In our view, the appetite for political alternatives will endure for many years to come, and their public support could increase in the event of a triple-dip European recession, a non-negligible risk.

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