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Merkel Steps Up Contest for EU’s Future With Attack on Populists

  • Dueling rallies pit establishment against nationalist forces
  • Salvini urges a Trump-style ‘fiscal shock’ for Europe
Matteo Salvini speaks in Milan, May 18.

Matteo Salvini speaks in Milan, May 18.

Photographer: Francesca Volpi/Bloomberg
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Europeans against falling sway to populists, evoking the continent’s wars in a proxy showdown with Italy’s deputy premier before voters have their say next week.

On a day when far-right politics brought down a government in Austria, Merkel stepped up her message that only the European Union’s established parties could protect liberal values and seven decades of prosperity built up since World War II.