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.
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.
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.
Comedians Will Soon Rule the World
It’s no accident that a growing number of international comics are running for office—and winning.
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.
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.
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 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.
‘This Is an Existential Test of the Eurozone’
Economic historian Adam Tooze assesses the Italian crisis—and the prospects for a global collapse.
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.
In Italy, a Right-Wing Spin Doctor Repents
How Silvio Berlusconi’s top propagandist become one of Matteo Salvini’s toughest critics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Italy Is Safe From, and for, Jihadis
It turns out not being attacked by the Islamic State is nothing to be proud of.
Italy’s Populists Can Beat Europe’s Establishment
They're young, untested — and, if they play their cards right, they can transform the EU.
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.
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.
Italy’s Election Is a Shipwreck
Italians are rearranging the deck chairs as their country irrevocably sinks.