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Italy’s next prime minister promises a lot on the campaign trail but the reality of government will prove a shock.
Italy will have its first woman prime minister. And both Italy and Western Europe will have their first far-right majority government since the fall of Mussolini and the end of the Second World War.
With the opposition all but giving up, a party with origins in post-war fascism is poised to form a government.
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.
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Italians will vote soon. A likely victory for the far-right Brothers of Italy could take the country down an uncharted path.
Mario Draghi has resigned after his unity party lost its unity.
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The latest political chaos in Italy is the result of a series of political manoeuvres by varying parties.
Lord of all he surveys?
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In claiming the election was “stolen” from him and using the office of the president to the benefit of his family, Trump dips into the authoritarian playbook to convert power into property.
Harvey Weinstein arrives at the Manhattan Criminal Court, on February 24, 2020 in New York City. On March 11 he was sentenced to 23 years in prison for criminal sexual acts and rape.
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Scandals are violent shocks to social systems, yet not all questionable behaviour produces scandal. How can we explain that some figures escape the consequences of their own behavior while others don’t?
The rise of ‘strongman’ politics, exemplified by Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, brings with it considerable risk.
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The ideals of liberal democracies are under threat – and not just in the US and Russia.
Legal senator Tony Chike Iwobi casts his ballot to elect the speaker of the Italian Senate.
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Italy’s first black senator, and the party he represents, won’t be advancing the fight against xenophobia.
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The Five Star Movement is the biggest party, but forming a government is going to be difficult. Will a right-wing coalition prevail?
Silvio Berlusconi, left, arrives to vote as a bare-breasted woman protests in background.
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Together, two parties with a tough stance on immigration and the EU – the Five Star Movement and the League – received nearly 50 percent of the vote.
Berlusconi: can’t move his face enough to say ‘goodbye’.
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He’s barred from public office but this former prime minister isn’t going to be held back by the small matter of a conviction for tax evasion.
Italy’s political future hangs in the balance – will it see another chaotic grand coalition, or take an anti-EU populist step into the unknown?
The shirt numbers of Brisbane Roar player Ivan Franjic are seen to dislodge during the Preliminary Stage 2 AFC Champions League match between the Brisbane Roar and Ceres Negros FC at the Queensland Sports and Athletics Centre in Brisbane, Tuesday, January 23, 2018.
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The Brisbane Roar’s woes are the least of the Bakrie Group’s concerns, writes Nasya Bahfen.
With corruption scandals dogging practically every party, it’s difficult to see how the electorate can have faith in their representatives. And yet, they keep voting for them.
Alexis Sanchez celebrates Arsenal beating Chelsea in the 2017 FA Cup final.
World soccer is the story of hyper-capitalism. What would fan and revolutionary thinker Frantz Fanon have thought about the state of the sport?
Not exactly Mr Popular: Paolo Gentiloni.
Paolo Gentiloni’s government is barely distinct from his predecessor’s, and its mandate is desperately thin.
Italians voted “No” by a convincing margin in the referendum on constitutional change.
In a climate of widespread discontent with Italy’s political establishment, a new election might wipe out most of the parties in the current government coalition.
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This was a vote against the prime minister – not a show of support for his rivals.
Stepping down: Matteo Renzi.
The revolt that brought down Matteo Renzi is no carbon copy of Trump et al, but that won’t be of much comfort to Brussels.