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.
Make the Papal States Great Again
Italy’s most dangerous populists are the immigrant-hating Catholic fundamentalists of Forza Nuova.
The Teflon Don
Sex scandals have a long history of taking down politicians — but don't get your hopes up about the current U.S. president.
The Bunga-Bunga Moderate
How Silvio Berlusconi successfully reinvented himself as a straight-laced member of the establishment.
Portugal Has Emerged as Europe’s Booming Anti-Germany
Lisbon got its economy back on track by ditching austerity, and now Berlin is eating crow.
The Savior’s Dilemma
Are naval search-and-rescue operations saving migrants’ lives — or just encouraging them to take greater risks?
Nobody Is Buying What Theresa May Is Selling
The British prime minister’s big Brexit speech was a big flop.
Meet the Squatters of Mount Vesuvius
Some 700,000 people are living illegally on the slopes of Italy's most famous active volcano, and nobody has any idea what to do with them.