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The Sardines – an antidote to right-wing populism

By Edoardo Caroli / 6 February, 2020

The Sardine movement in Italy sprung into life when a small group of 30-years olds met on a rainy night in Bologna in the middle of November 2019. That night, the far-right Lega planned to officially kick-off its electoral campaign for the regional elections in Italian region of Emilia-Romagna, which...

Italian stable instability: Fighting the waves

By Mauro Calise / 6 February, 2020

According to all pre-election polls held before the voting in Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region, a victory of the League of former Deputy Prime-Minister Matteo Salvini was the most likely outcome. An interesting way to make sense of the recent regional election results in Italy is therefore to ask: what, if the...

Funeral rites for Italian populism are still premature

By Lucia Annunziata / 6 February, 2020

Though the recent elections in Italy were only regional ones, the combined voting in two Italian regions also provided the latest chapter of the struggle to contain the nationalist/populist Lega party and its leader, Matteo Salvini. The elections – in Emilia-Romagna in central Italy and Calabria in the south –...

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EU’s future and the sovereign option

By Pier Carlo Padoan / 13 June, 2018

The European project is facing the challenge of a sovereign approach to problem solving. The rising appeal of the “sovereign solution” speaks for a need to reconsider the EU project and identify trust building as a necessary ingredient for the once very successful integration process.   Let’s face it. Over...

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A credibility deficit for the Conte Government

By Gianni Pittella / 13 June, 2018

The Conte Government arises like Lazarus, but it is getting started with the burden of a disquieting deterioration of the position of Italy in the European Union. In recent years, Italy succeeded in reaching the front row in the battle to democratize EU structures and procedures and to substantially correct...

Possible scenarios for Italy and Europe

By Nerio Cavallo / 13 March, 2018

More than an earthquake, the Italian parliamentary election on March 4 triggered a slow motion landslide. The Five Star Movement and the League won the day, with an impressive demonstration of strength, respectively in the South and in the North of the country. It remains to be seen, however, what...

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Chronicle of a death foretold

By Mauro Calise / 13 March, 2018

The Italian political deadlock comes as no surprise. With a tripolar party system and a non-majoritarian electoral law, the ballot has reproduced a highly fragmented – and divisive – situation. With the leadership factor as both an obstacle and an ultimate solution.   The results of the Italian national elections...

Italy’s Migration Policies Beyond the 2018 Elections: Heralding a New Era of Tolerated Discrimination?

By Anja Palm / 13 March, 2018

If the incumbent Italian government was proud about the leading role it had assumed in pushing forward a national and EU agenda on migration, the 4 March elections clearly showed that the electorate is not. 70 per cent of Italians voted for parties that had heavily criticized the government’s migration...

Why Italian Election Matter: a Populist Shock

By Paolo Guerrieri / 9 March, 2018

The large victory of the populist 5 Star Movement and rightwing nationalist Lega in the March 4 Italian elections is a watershed event in Italian politics, highlighting the extent of the social discontent presents today in this country. It paves the way for a government that is so difficult to...

Two winners and many losers – Postcards from the Italian elections

By Marco Almagisti / 9 March, 2018

We will probably remember the Italian 2018 general election for the presence of “two winners”. In fact, the centre-right coalition got the most votes (37%) by combining the results for Lega (17.4%), Forza Italia (14%), Fratelli d’Italia (4.3) and Noi con Italia (1.3), but the top single party is the...

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