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Giorgia Meloni is the new face of Italy’s political quagmire

The radical-right leader is set to win next week’s election, but how long can she hang on? Da Fondazione Rosa Luxemburg.

Italy’s democracy is notoriously fragmented, with parties forming, breaking up, and reforming at a baffling pace compared to its European neighbours. Especially since the breakdown of the post-war party system in the early 1990s, Italian elections have been characterized by the rise of firebrand populist leaders who captivate the electorate with anti-establishment rhetoric, but after taking power largely maintain the political status quo.

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