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Police officers detain a demonstrator during a protest against vaccine passes in central Rome.

Italy’s Anti-Vaccination Movement Is Militant and Dangerous

An online campaign led to the storming of Italy’s parliament.

CasaPound members hold torches.

Mussolini’s Heirs Equate World War II Killings of Italians With the Holocaust

By comparing the foibe killings with Nazi genocide, the Italian right is whitewashing the country’s past.

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi addresses his Senate.

Mario Draghi Has Unblocked Italy’s Courts but Italian Democracy Is Still Logjammed

It took a technocrat to end years of bickering over badly needed judicial reforms, but it won’t help restore Italian faith in government.

Mario Draghi and Emmanuel Macron speak during an EU summit.

Europe Is Fighting Over Its Fiscal Future

France and Italy want to fend off the frugals and make COVID-19-era budget flexibility a feature, not a bug.

Stefano Bonaccini, the president of the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna and a member of Italy’s Democratic Party, addresses a press conference in Bologna on Jan. 27, 2020.

Italy’s Largest Left-Wing Party Is Waging War on the Poor

The Democratic Party cares more about fighting populists than ending inequality. Its new brand of Reaganomics will lead to yet another electoral defeat.

Head of the League party Matteo Salvini (right), head of the Brothers of Italy party Giorgia Meloni (center), and co-founder of the Forza Italia party Antonio Tajani

Italy’s Far-Right Is on the Rise

Giorgia Meloni’s Brothers of Italy is displacing Matteo Salvini’s League and making a play for power in Italy.

Then-Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping

Italy Has Learned a Tough Lesson on China

Old Western alliances are back on the table after a 2019 deal failed.

A commuter trades plastic bottles to be recycled for transit credit.

Italy’s Economic Recovery Plan Needs to Think Local

Already a circular economy leader in technology, Italy must involve communities if its “green recovery” is to succeed.

An illustration combining images of Janet Yellen and Mario Draghi.

Janet Yellen and Mario Draghi Have One Last Job

The U.S. treasury secretary and the Italian prime minister have spent decades shaping this economy. But can they control what comes next?

Roberto Burioni photographed in Perugia, Italy, on April 9, 2017.

Italy’s Dr. Fauci Talks Like Trump—but Is It Working?

Roberto Burioni fuses science with vulgar rhetoric to combat anti-vaxxers.

Sen. Vito Crimi speaks at Quirinal Palace.

Has Italy’s Five Star Movement Given Up on Populism?

The anti-establishment bad boys of years past are changing their stripes—maybe.

Members of the National Guard stand watch at the U.S. Capitol

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Street vendors, market traders, and self-employed workers from across Italy protest to push for relief from the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic in Rome on Feb. 11.

Italians Take Aim at the Bureaucratic Bourgeoisie

Largely protected from furloughs and layoffs, public employees in Italy have become the scapegoat for an economic crisis that politicians must address.

Mario Draghi arrives to give a speech after a meeting with the Italian president, at the Quirinal palace in Rome, on Feb. 3, 2021.

Italy’s Politics of Purgatory Won’t End Well

Mario Draghi’s arrival as prime minister will only make his country’s political problems even worse.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte (right), Justice Minister Alfonso Bonafede (left), and Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio talk during a debate prior to a confidence vote in Conte's government in the Senate at Palazzo Madama in Rome on Jan. 19.

Italy Dives Headfirst Into Political Crisis During Pandemic

Conte’s ruling coalition is out—but that may not be the end for the prime minister.

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A broken U.S. public sphere, QAnon’s resilience amid disappointment, and how to eavesdrop on policymaking conversations.

A view shows a private beach as a cargo and a container ship sail across the horizon at Venice Lido, Italy, on Sept. 7, 2020.

Italy’s Mediterranean Belt and Road

Taking a page from Beijing, Rome is positioning itself as the center of trade, energy, and transportation in Southern Europe and beyond.

A municipal police officer wearing a face mask controls pedestrian traffic on Via dei Condotti in downtown Rome on Nov. 14. The Italian government imposed tighter restrictions on another five regions on Nov. 10.

Italy’s Economy Is Under Pressure as Pandemic Continues

The government is walking on a tightrope as the coronavirus crisis grinds on.

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