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Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat delivers a speech next to Italy’s Prime Minister, Giorgia Meloni, during the Italy-Africa summit in Rome on January 29, 2024. Andreas Solaro/AFP

The Mattei Plan: why Giorgia Meloni is looking to Africa

By turning southward, Georgia Meloni’s far-right government is both breaking with foreign policy conventions and scoring points with her base ahead of the European elections.
Jep Gambardella, the narcissistic and excessive central character in Sorrentino’s allegory of Silvio Berlusconi. Allociné

How ‘La Grande Bellezza’ captured Italy’s Berlusconian era

The Oscar-winning film sketches out the broad themes of Berluconist hedonism, all against the backdrop of the decline of ideologies that shaped 20th-century Italy.
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.

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