Italy’s ‘Incoherent’ Coalition Survived Local Elections. Now Can It Govern?

Italy’s ‘Incoherent’ Coalition Survived Local Elections. Now Can It Govern?
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte at a press conference at Chigi Palace, in Rome, Sept. 29, 2020 (AP photo by Gregorio Borgia).

Italy’s largest opposition party, the populist and far-right League, turned in a poor showing in regional and local elections last month. While its center-right coalition prevailed in three of the seven regional governorships that were up for grabs, the League’s candidate lost in traditionally leftist Tuscany, despite predictions of victory by its leader, Matteo Salvini. Overall, there was no clear winner in last month’s elections, but the center-left Democratic Party, or PD, performed well, as did the neo-fascist Brothers of Italy, which took control of the central Marche region. Salvini, a former deputy prime minister and interior minister who was […]

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