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Gun-mounted vehicles belonging to fighters loyal to the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) near a military compound in a suburb of Tripoli on April 9.

Khalifa Haftar’s Miscalculated Attack on Tripoli Will Cost Him Dearly

The Libyan general was poised to rise to power. Now his unnecessary assault on the capital is alienating key international backers and potential local allies.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and Chinese President Xi Jinping meet during a ceremony to welcome Xi to Rome on March 23. (Christian Minelli/NurPhoto/Getty Images)

Italy Should Learn a Thing or Two From Pakistan

Rome just signed on to become part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. It should learn from Islamabad’s experience.

Alessandro Mahmoud, who goes by Mahmood, on stage during the first night of the 69th Sanremo Music Festival in Sanremo, Italy, on Feb. 5. (Daniele Venturelli/Getty Images)

According to Italy’s Leaders, Rap Music Is Un-Italian

When a rapper named Alessandro Mahmoud won the country’s most prestigious music contest, xenophobic leaders quickly took advantage of his victory to open a new front in the culture war.

Italy's 5-Star Movement party leader Beppe Grillo on May 19, 2014 in Rome.   (Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images)

Comedians Will Soon Rule the World

It’s no accident that a growing number of international comics are running for office—and winning.

A man waves a French flag next to an Italian flag, as other protesters wearing a yellow vest demonstrate on December 22, 2018, in Ventimiglia near the French-Italian border.

Italy’s Populists Have Lost Their Luster. They’re Looking to France to Win It Back.

Five Star used to be a protest movement; now it’s the establishment. By bashing Emmanuel Macron and embracing the yellow vest uprising, it’s hoping to restore its radical credentials.

A new mural by Italian street artist Tvboy, entitled “La Guerra dei Socials” (The War of Social Media), depicting Matteo Salvini in Milan on Nov. 14. (Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images)

Matteo Salvini’s Selfie Politics

Far-right or not, the Italian deputy prime minister’s social media presence has made him one of the most popular politicians in Italy.

talian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini attends a press conference at the Italian Embassy in Bucharest, Romania, on Oct. 23. (Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/Getty Images)

Europe Should Let Italy Win

It’s time for Brussels to grab the wheel in the game of chicken over Rome’s budget.

Italy's populist Five Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio (R) with party members Roberto Fico (L) and Alessandro Di Battista (C) after an election campaign meeting in Piazza del Popolo in Rome on March 2, 2018.

Italy’s Left-Wing Populists Won’t Stop the Far-Right. They’ll Strengthen It.

The Five Star Movement’s most prominent leftist, Alessandro Di Battista, is returning to politics, but don’t expect him to reverse the government’s anti-immigrant agenda.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, right, speaks at a press conference following a cabinet meeting on the country's draft budget on Oct. 15. (Photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images)

‘This Is an Existential Test of the Eurozone’

Economic historian Adam Tooze assesses the Italian crisis—and the prospects for a global collapse.

Italys Interior Minister and deputy PM Matteo Salvini (R) and Italys Labor and Industry Minister and deputy PM Luigi Di Maio gesture during the swearing in ceremony of the new government led by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte at Quirinale Palace in Rome on June 1, 2018. (ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s Been 25 Years Since Anyone in Italy Trusted the Government

Italian populism is still fueled by corruption scandals that are over two decades old.

The leader of the far-right League party, Matteo Salvini (R), embraces Silvio Berlusconi during a joint press conference in Rome on March 1, 2018.

In Italy, a Right-Wing Spin Doctor Repents

How Silvio Berlusconi’s top propagandist become one of Matteo Salvini’s toughest critics.

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel greets German Chancellor Angela Merkel for a working dinner in Brussels on July 11, 2018, during the NATO summit.

Europe Should Call Trump’s Bluff

Spending 4 percent of the EU’s GDP on defense would boost sagging economies and protect the continent at a time when U.S. leadership is lacking.

The first migrants from the Aquarius, a ship that was turned away by Italy and Malta sparking a major migration row in Europe, disembarked at the Spanish port of Valencia on June 17, 2018.

Spain Rescued a Ship. It Won’t Rescue Europe.

The new Spanish prime minister has refused to follow Italy in a race to the bottom, but that doesn’t mean that Madrid will lead the EU to adopt more humane migration policies.

Austria's Interior Minister Herbert Kickl (L), Italy's Interior Minister and deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini (R) and Austria's Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache (C) arrive to give a joint press conference at the end of their meeting at the Viminale palace in Rome on June 20, 2018.

Eastern Europe’s Populists Don’t Care About Italy

Matteo Salvini wants to be buddies with anti-immigrant leaders in Hungary, Poland, and Austria. But sometimes geography trumps ideology.

A Libyan fireman stands in front of smoke and flames rising from a storage tank at an oil facility in northern Libya's Ras Lanuf region on January 23, 2016, after it was set ablaze earlier in the week following attacks launched by Islamic State jihadists to seize key port terminals.

The West Is Letting Libya Tear Itself Apart

Calling for elections in the absence of stable institutions while competing for diplomatic and economic influence won’t rebuild the country — it will destroy it.

A flock of starlings flies over St. Peter's dome on Nov. 10, 2004. (PAOLO COCCO/AFP/Getty Images)

Italy Is Safe From, and for, Jihadis

It turns out not being attacked by the Islamic State is nothing to be proud of.

A mural depicting Five Star Mouvement leader Luigi Di Maio kissing the Lega leader Matteo Salvini on a wall in downtown Rome on March 23, 2018. (TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)

Italy’s Populists Can Beat Europe’s Establishment

They're young, untested — and, if they play their cards right, they can transform the EU.

Lega far right party leader Matteo Salvini smiles at the Lega headquarter in Milan on March 5, 2018. (PIERO CRUCIATTI/AFP/Getty Images)

Italy Is the West’s Future

The chaos of Italy's election is the result of long-standing trends — and a preview of what's to come in Europe.

Italian PM Matteo Renzi waved as he received UK Prime Minister, Theresa May at Villa Pamphili, on July 27, 2016 in Rome.

The Italian Center-Left Didn’t Collapse. It Never Existed.

A party with no sense of what it stood for was doomed from the start.

The cruise ship Costa Concordia off the Italian island of Giglio, on Jan. 14, 2012. (Laura Lezza/Getty Images)

Italy’s Election Is a Shipwreck

Italians are rearranging the deck chairs as their country irrevocably sinks.

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