02/28/2014 01:33 pm ET Updated Dec 01, 2014

Enrico Letta: Populism + Social Media = Trouble for Europe

The WorldPost

Enrico Letta was the Italian prime minister from April 2013 until mid-February, when he was ousted by Matteo Renzi as leader of the Democratic Party and prime minister. Letta spoke on Thursday at the Berggruen Institute's Council of Europe's "Project Europe" meeting in Madrid.

In the following excerpts, Letta talks about rising populism amid looming European parliamentary elections and the impact it could have on European governing institutions. He calls on Europeans to leave the past behind and make the flag of Europe "the flag of the future."

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