Silvio Berlusconi

Italy's Political Crisis & New Elections: An Opportunity for the Far-Right?

Italy’s Political Crisis & New Elections: An Opportunity for the Far-Right?

May 29, 2018

Italy’s president Sergio Matarella has thrown the country’s politics into turmoil when he rejected the parliament’s chosen Prime Minister and instead chose a former IMF economist as Prime Minister, in order to save Italy’s standing in the European Union. But he seems to have miscalculated and provided an opening for the far-right, explains Prof. Steve…

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

Italian Government in Chaos as Far-Right Parties Surge

March 6, 2018

Italy’s election on Sunday didn’t produce a clear winner, making the task of negotiating a coalition government particularly challenging. Raffaele Laudani, professor at the University of Bologna, discusses possible outcomes

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