The resignation on 21 July 2022 of Italian Prime Minister, Mario Draghi, was a classic example of the machinations of Italian politics, argues Martin Bull. The outcome of a manufactured crisis and a manipulation of events by the parties of the right, Draghiâ€™s fall was neither inevitable nor expected Read more
The Italian Five Star Movement has undergone a formidable split, with former leader Luigi di Maio walking out with 60 parliamentarians and forming a new party. This, and declining popularity in opinion polls, marks the twilight of Five Starâ€™s decade-long success â€“ and possibly the end of populist politics in Italy, writes Martin Bull Read more
Italy has just elected a new President â€“ by giving the incumbent, Sergio Mattarella, a second term of office. An outbreak of â€˜business as usual'? No, says Bill Emmott â€“ the election has exposed deep divisions in party politics which could have ramifications for government stability Read more
The Italian Five Star Movement is considering joining the â€˜Socialists and Democratsâ€™ grouping in the European Parliament. Andrea Capati and Marco Improta argue that this pro-Europeanist turn owes much to the partyâ€™s recent experience in government. It also marks a further stage in the â€˜normalisationâ€™ of the Five Star Movement Read more
Protests have broken out in Rome against the extension of Italyâ€™s Covid Green Pass to the workplace. They quickly deteriorated into violence and assault, exploited by the fascist group Forza Nuova. This, argues Martin Bull, has reignited the debate about Italyâ€™s fascist heritage, and led to calls on Prime Minister Draghi to dissolve the group Read more
Mario Draghiâ€™s new government enjoys broad support in both Italian parliamentary chambers. But Matteo Salvini's League is likely to make its life difficult. Daniele Albertazzi and Davide Pellegrino speculate that Salviniâ€™s party will likely keep one foot in and one foot out of government Read more
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