A Far-Right Victory in Italy’s Elections Could Reshape the EU

Leader of the far-right Brothers of Italy party ahead of elections in Italy
Brothers of Italy party leader Giorgia Meloni attends a media event for center-right leaders in Rome, March 1, 2018 (AP photo by Andrew Medichini).

Of the many recurring tropes in debates about European politics, perhaps the most persistently misleading is the lament over Italy’s supposed decline. This simplistic narrative draws attention away from how Italian society is at the forefront of political and economic trends that may eventually reshape the EU as a whole.

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