How COVID-19 Scrambled Italy’s Politics and Dented Salvini’s Appeal

A worker sprays disinfectant to sanitize Duomo square in Milan, Italy, March 31, 2020 (AP photo by Luca Bruno).
A worker sprays disinfectant to sanitize Duomo square in Milan, Italy, March 31, 2020 (AP photo by Luca Bruno).
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When the coronavirus hit Italy with a fury early along its path around the world, few politicians seemed better positioned to benefit from the crisis than Matteo Salvini. The populist leader of Italy’s far-right League party, who stood at the top of the polls, immediately pounced on the opportunity to promote his core nationalist ideas while disparaging the government, hoping to trigger the elections that he hoped would make him prime minister. But in an unexpected twist, Salvini’s dream of capitalizing on COVID-19 is being thwarted. It’s early yet, but Salvini could turn into one of the most prominent political […]

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