5 Star Movement

Class Fragmentation and the Collapse of Italian Politics

June 5, 2018

Italy’s new anti-establishment coalition government, between the right-wing League and the center-left 5-Star Movement is a symptom of the implosion of Italian politics, which has its roots in the fragmentation of Italy’s working class and of its leftist parties, explains Il Manifesto co-founder Luciana Castellina

Italian Populist Parties About to Form "Highly Unstable" Government

Italian Populist Parties About to Form “Highly Unstable” Government

May 15, 2018

The rightwing League and the progressive-populist 5-Star Movement are about to form a new coalition government in Italy. However, given the large number of differences between the parties and Silvio Berlusconi’s efforts to undermine the government, it might not last long, says Prof. Steve Hellman

The Return of Berlusconi: Can A Fractured Left Defeat Him?

February 18, 2018

Uncertainty reigns as Italy gears up for an election on March 4, with most observers saying it will end with a hung parliament. University of Bologna Professor Raffaele Laudani discusses the election’s unpredictability, the weakening of the left, and Silvio Berlusconi’s political comeback