In my latest post for the Atlantic Council’s New Atlanticist blog, I argue that President Sergio Mattarella pays a high price for keeping Italy’s populists at bay. Establishment support for his decision to veto a Euroskeptic finance minister only feeds into the people-versus-the-elite narrative of the Five Star Movement and League.
Both parties, I write, are hoping to come out of this stronger:
The Five Star, which holds left-wing economic views, is hoping to win a majority on its own. The League … would be more comfortable ruling in a coalition with [Silvio] Berlusconi’s and other right-wing parties. The two now seek to out-populist each other.
Click here to read the rest.