Outside the Box: Storm clouds of nationalism gather over Eastern Europe

PRAGUE, Czech Republic (MarketWatch) — Dark skies are gathering over a swath of formerly communist countries from the Baltics across Central Europe down to the Balkans. The threats are populism and migration — both out-migration and opposition to accepting immigrants.

The demographic challenge is huge. Since the communists’ collapse in 1990, an astonishing 15 million people have left the Baltics, Central and Eastern Europe for a better life in the West. That’s 10% of the population of these post-communist countries situated west of Russia and Ukraine. Lithuania and Latvia have registered 25% population declines, and Romania has lost 17%.

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