Europe has successfully faced down its sceptics before. It will do so again

After the Genoa bridge collapse left dozens dead, Italy’s far-right deputy prime minister, Matteo Salvini, lashed out at the EU. “If EU budget constraints prevent us from making Italy’s infrastructure safe, we will change that,” he tweeted. Europhobes of all stripes like to cast themselves as the newly insurgent, a rising anti-elite tide; but in many ways, they’re old school. They offer no solutions and their cynicism is blatant.

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