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Giorgia Meloni, the leader of the far-right Brothers of Italy party, holds a placard reading "Thank You, Italy," after her center-right coalition won a majority of seats in Italy's Parliament, in Rome on Sept. 26.
Giorgia Meloni, the leader of the far-right Brothers of Italy party, holds a placard reading "Thank You, Italy," after her center-right coalition won a majority of seats in Italy's Parliament, in Rome on Sept. 26.
Giorgia Meloni
Giorgia Meloni

The Italian Far Right Is About to Meet Italian Bureaucracy

Italy’s politics is a constant cycle of failed populist waves.

Four people stand on stage holding hands with their arms up.
Four people stand on stage holding hands with their arms up.

Is Italy Seeing the Rise of a New Fascism?

The Brothers of Italy, which descended from Mussolini’s fascist movement, is projected to win the coming election.

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Is Italy on the Verge of Returning to Fascism?

Plus: The economic history of Australia.

Enrico Letta, leader of the Italian Democratic Party (PD), delivers a speech in Rome's downtown square on September 6 ahead of the upcoming general political elections in Milan.
Enrico Letta, leader of the Italian Democratic Party (PD), delivers a speech in Rome's downtown square on September 6 ahead of the upcoming general political elections in Milan.

Enrico Letta’s Lonely Campaign

The Italian center-left leader says he can stop the far right’s march to victory. His chances are slim.

Italian Defense Minister Lorenzo Guerini appears on the TV show 'Porta a Porta' under an image of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Italian Defense Minister Lorenzo Guerini appears on the TV show 'Porta a Porta' under an image of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Russian Propaganda Finds a Home in Italian Media

Since the Ukraine invasion, Italy has become a haven for pro-Kremlin disinformation and propaganda.

Exhaust emerges from the smokestack of a natural gas-fired power plant in Berlin.
Exhaust emerges from the smokestack of a natural gas-fired power plant in Berlin.

Southern Europe Gets a Taste of Power—Literally

Countries like Italy and Spain now rely less on Russian gas, and for once, they may bail out Germany.

An Italian Guardia di Finanza patrol boat is seen in front of the multimillion-dollar megayacht Scheherazade, docked at the Tuscan port of Marina di Carrara, on May 6.
An Italian Guardia di Finanza patrol boat is seen in front of the multimillion-dollar megayacht Scheherazade, docked at the Tuscan port of Marina di Carrara, on May 6.

Italy Is Leading the World in Seizing Oligarchs’ Assets

The Guardia di Finanza acted quickly to confiscate Russian-owned property on Italian territory. Other nations should learn from the force.

League leader Matteo Salvini (L), Fratelli d'Italia leader Giorgia Meloni (C), and Forza Italia party leader Silvio Berlusconi (R)at the end of a meeting in Rome on Oct. 20, 2021.
League leader Matteo Salvini (L), Fratelli d'Italia leader Giorgia Meloni (C), and Forza Italia party leader Silvio Berlusconi (R)at the end of a meeting in Rome on Oct. 20, 2021.

How Giorgia Meloni Took Over the Italian Right

The likely next prime minister maintained ideological purity while her fellow right-wingers compromised. Now, she’s ready to reap the rewards.

Forza Italia leader Silvio Berlusconi, Brothers of Italy leader Giorgia Meloni, and then-League leader Matteo Salvini participate in a rally of right-wing opposition parties in Rome on Oct. 19, 2019.
Forza Italia leader Silvio Berlusconi, Brothers of Italy leader Giorgia Meloni, and then-League leader Matteo Salvini participate in a rally of right-wing opposition parties in Rome on Oct. 19, 2019.

Italy’s Snap Election Could Hand Putin the Win He Needs

Outspoken supporters of Russia are likely to play key roles in the next government.

Vacationers sit on a beach in Greece.
Vacationers sit on a beach in Greece.

The Mediterranean as We Know It Is Vanishing

From Saint-Tropez to Amalfi, the region’s most attractive tourist destinations are also its most vulnerable.

Giorgia Meloni, the leader of the Brothers of Italy party, speaks to the press after a meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella in Rome on April 4, 2018.
Giorgia Meloni, the leader of the Brothers of Italy party, speaks to the press after a meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella in Rome on April 4, 2018.

Populists at the Gates

With Mario Draghi on his way out, Europe braces for the most radical right-wing government in Italy’s republican history.

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Ones and Tooze Override Photo

Why Do Italian Governments Collapse So Often?

What Mario Draghi’s resignation means for Italy and Europe.

Silvio Berlusconi smiles as he waves before a flag.
Silvio Berlusconi smiles as he waves before a flag.

Berlusconi Rises From the Ashes

The former Italian prime minister has been reinvented as an unlikely moderating force.

Mario Mario Draghi speaks at a press conference in Frankfurt.
Mario Mario Draghi speaks at a press conference in Frankfurt.

Mario Draghi Doesn’t Have ‘Whatever It Takes’ Anymore

Whether as Italy’s prime minister or its president, he may not have the solution to Italy’s problems.

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Ones and Tooze Override Photo

The Ones and Tooze Podcast: How Inflation Works

Why prices are rising more quickly than at any time since 1982.

People protest France’s vaccination law.
People protest France’s vaccination law.

For Europe’s Far-Right, Vaccine Skepticism Is a Trap

Playing to the anti-vaccine base hasn’t led to electoral gains—yet.

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