Italy’s President Pays High Price for Keeping Populists at Bay

Italy's President Keeps Populists At Bay
Italy’s President Keeps Populists At Bay

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.

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