Not long ago, France’s Emmanuel Macron stunned Europe with an overwhelming presidential victory, subsequently reinforced by his movement’s triumph in legislative elections. Macron was perceived as an antidote to Donald Trump and the populist movementsincluding France’s National Front and the increasingly authoritarian governments of Poland and Hungarythat assail globalization and liberal democratic values while championing economic nationalism.
His victory was also seen as a chance to reinvigorate the European Union, battered from the left and the right, which seemed on the way to unraveling after Brexit.
|Alvaro Vargas Llosa is Senior Fellow at The Center on Global Prosperity at the Independent Institute. He is a native of Peru and received his B.Sc. in international history from the London School of Economics. His Independent Institute books include Global Crossings: Immigration, Civilization, and America, Lessons From the Poor: Triumph of the Entrepreneurial Spirit, The Che Guevara Myth and the Future of Liberty, and Liberty for Latin America.|
The erosion of national boundariesand even the idea of the nation stateis already underway as people become ever more inter-connected across borders. A jungle of myth, falsehood and misrepresentation dominates the debate over immigration. The reality is that the economic contributions of immigration far outweigh the costs.