Tag: Lega Nord

How the European Union Lost Italy to the Radical Right

Polls show that the COVID-19 crisis, and particularly the EU’s more than hesitant response to it, has soured Italians’ views of the European Union. In no country in Europe has COVID-19 claimed more victims than in Italy. Similarly, nowhere in Europe has the radical populist right benefitted more from the pandemic than in Italy. At… Continue reading “How the European Union Lost Italy to the Radical Right”

The Evolution of the Radical Right: An Interview with Matthew Feldman

Matthew Feldman, a specialist on fascist ideology, looks at how the radical right has changed over time. Q. As someone who has examined the history of radical right movements, how similar is the current political environment to the situation in the 1920s and 30s?  Very dissimilar at first glance. There are few fully-fledged fascist movements today, and certainly not those capable of seizing… Continue reading “The Evolution of the Radical Right: An Interview with Matthew Feldman”

Matteo Salvini – Italy’s salvation?

Is it entirely unreasonable to expect that Italy’s populists in power, though unavoidable, will end up like many governments before them – mugged by harsh reality? One of the most famous clichés in Italian contemporary political historiography is the phrase, lifted from Giuseppe Tomasi de Lampedusa’s novel Il Gattopardo (The Leopard), “For everything to stay… Continue reading “Matteo Salvini – Italy’s salvation?”