Mr Brexit, Putin, and me, 20 years on

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An EU flag washed up on the foreshore of the River Thames at Hammersmith, West London, July 2019. Photo © James Rodgers

I first met Nigel Farage in the fall of 2000. I was newly arrived in Brussels as a correspondent after covering Vladimir Putin’s election to the Russian presidency earlier that year. Farage’s ideas about the U.K. leaving the EU were marginal, but now, with the British government having taken them on as official policy, his success is complete.

For his part, Putin has built a newly-nationalist Russia–and feels confident enough to declare provocatively, as he did in an interview with the Financial Times last year, that liberalism is ‘obsolete’.

For NBC News THINK this week, I wrote about those memories of the year 2000–and how the politics of the western world have changed in the two decades since. You can read the piece here.

 

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