Regions / Italy
For the far right, the pandemic is a chance to enact border controls and erode the rule of law. It could also expose their utter incompetence.
Austerity and an anti-immigrant blockade left Italy with an older population and underfunded health care. Could the same happen here?
Trump’s message to governors on lifesaving medical equipment — “get it yourselves” — is grimly appropriate in a country without national health care.
With EU elections approaching, the Kremlin has backed some of the most noxious reactionaries now operating on the world scene.
Islamic extremism gets all the press, but Trump is just one of a growing number of Christian extremists in positions of political power.
Again, the success of right-wing parties reflects less the rise of the right than the collapse of the center.
From Washington to Rome, so-called "populist" politicians are hacking away at a genuinely broken status quo. But their alternatives are either uninspired or terrifying.
Voters can't tell the difference between the center left and the center right, and they don't want either.
Far more dangerous than the far-right effort to win elections alone is its concerted campaign to change the culture — a strategy it owes, perversely, to the left.
Immigrants don't have one bit to do with Italy's ailing economy — in fact, they're key to reviving it.