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.
The return of fascist discourse has been several decades in the making and owes a lot to Matteo Salvini.
With the opposition all but giving up, a party with origins in post-war fascism is poised to form a government.
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?