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David Broder is Europe editor of Jacobin and the author of First They Took Rome: How the Populist Right Conquered Italy.
Defections by mainstream politicians suggest that backing France’s hard-right National Rally in regional elections is no longer a dramatic leap.
Five Star’s founders may yet undermine the attempt by former prime minister Giuseppe Conte to transform the party into a centre-left, green force.
The economic crisis has increased the likelihood of what the former Italian PM calls a “government of national salvation”.
The former prime minister now holds the keys to a new pro-European government in Rome.
The event seemed designed not to explore the intellectual content of conservatism, but to strengthen bridges between new nationalist forces in Europe and the US.
In the traditional socialist stronghold, a new climate of polarisation mobilised voters against Matteo Salvini’s League.
The former Italian prime minister will find it harder than he hopes to replicate Emmanuel Macron’s success.
A coalition committed to spending cuts could merely strengthen the far-right Lega.
Can Matteo Salvini’s march to power be thwarted?
As the country's prime minister resigns, Italy may face an early election that could put hard-right Lega leader Matteo Salvini in power.