Populism and nationalism are two concepts that go together today. Isolationist proposals, Euroscepticism and a definition of nation against the “enemy” are three of its main ingredients.
Dr. Roberto Ieraci prepares to vaccinate a child in Rome on Feb. 23, 2018.
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Anti-vaccination sentiment is leading to disastrous consequences, not only in the U.S. but European countries, particularly Italy. A philosopher of science suggests how best to use facts to fight it.
One half of the government has trounced the other in Abruzzo and Sardinia.
Salvini has avoided a trial thanks to a vote by the M5S.
Italy’s deputy prime minister remains immune from prosecution because his coalition partners, the Five Star Movement, let members vote online to uphold it.
Young boy receiving polio vaccine.
A bit of humility can go a long way.
Emmanuel Macron has pulled his ambassador out of Rome in a rage.
When two founding partners of the European Union are at loggerheads, something is very wrong.
Demonstration of support of refugees, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2015.
How can a hashtag supportive of refugees be hijacked by those opposing them? An empirical study explores the process.
In government with the Five Star Movement, the radical politician’s Lega is going from strength to strength.
Man the lifeboats!
Miriam Doerr Martin Fromherz
The new coalition’s spending plans will ramp up Italy’s annual budget by over €100 billion a year.
Giuseppe Conte is Italy’s newest prime minister.
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An economist answers four important questions on what’s behind the political turmoil in Italy and what’s at stake for Europe and the world.
Five Star Movement leader Luigi di Maio brandishes an Italian flag at a rally in Naples.
Italy’s economy is verging on bankrupt and its election results have dealt a hammer blow to the prospects of fixing things. The best option, financially at least, may be to put someone else at the helm.
Matteo Salvini: the League has left its roots.
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The history of north Italian regionalism, and why Matteo Salvini’s League represents the end of a long era.
Sergio Mattarella (right) and his prime minister designate, Carlo Cottarelli.
If you thought the risk of Grexit was bad, you’ve got a shock coming in the shape of Italy.
Carlo Cottarelli: Italy’s prime minister. But for how long?
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What's caused Italy's political crisis and what's likely to happen next.
Prime minister designate Giuseppe Conte addresses the media.
Law professor Giuseppe Conte has no experience in politics – which makes him the perfect candidate for the uncomfortable partnership now in government.
Beppe Grillo speaks in Rome on March 2, 2018..
While often lumped with other European populist parties, Beppe Grillo’s M5S is a movement of activist fans mobilized by the messages of his “celebrity brand”.
Voters are set to be disappointed.
Both the Northern League party and Five Star Movement have a very expensive shopping list for extra spending, with little detail on how to fund these policies.
The Five Star Movement’s Luigi Di Maio and founder Beppe Grillo won big in the March 4 elections.
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Italy has stagnated for more than two decades, yet its politicians seem hardly aware of the source of the problem, let alone how to fix it.
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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.