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From left, Silvio Berlusconi, Giorgia Meloni and Matteo Salvini address a rally in Rome in 2019. Meloni’s Fratelli d'Italia (Brothers of Italy) party, with neo-fascist roots, has been rising rapidly in popularity ahead of Italy’s Sept. 25 parliamentary elections. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

As a divided Italy heads to the polls, a sharp right turn is likely

Italians will vote soon. A likely victory for the far-right Brothers of Italy could take the country down an uncharted path.
Italian policemen examined the charred car of Judge Paolo Borsellino, a day after a bomb attack killed him and his security detail in Palermo, July 20, 1992. Reuters/Tony Gentile

How the mafia uses violence to control politics

Italy saw 1,191 attacks on politicians from 2013 to 2015. A new study reveals, for the first time, the destructive effect this strategic political violence has on the nation’s political life.

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