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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.
In an attempt to reinforce his anti-establishment credentials, Matteo Salvini continues to flirt with neo-fascist street movements like CasaPound.
The “no vax” movement has become a fulcrum for Italy’s populist right.
By imposing a harsh anti-migrant, tax-cutting agenda, the hard-right party has turned government into a permanent campaign platform.