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
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
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
The Italian Presidentâ€™s invitation to Mario Draghi to form the next government is the fourth time since 1994 that the country has resorted to a technician to get itself out of a hole dug by the partiesâ€™ failure to agree on a political government, writes Martin Bull. This has connotations that go beyond the current crisis, representing a damning indictment of Italyâ€™s model of party government Read more
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