Romania's Election Surprise Came From Abroad

Open borders, open minds.

Romanians everywhere celebrate.

Photographer: Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/Getty Images

The unexpected victory of the opposition candidate Klaus Johannis in Romania's presidential election yesterday  is an important development -- not just for Romania, but for the European Union as a whole. Migration within the union, which has led to the rise of anti-EU political groups in some wealthier nations, including the U.K., is paying off: It is helping nations on the periphery such as Romania adopt the best practices of  the older, core democracies.

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