Italy’s election on Monday left the country in political chaos with no clear solution for managing its crippling fiscal crisis. Center-left party leader Pier Luigi Bersani is claiming the top post but will lack majority control in Parliament. Without the legislative body’s full support, Bersani’s push for continued austerity measures could falter. Senior Fellow Domenico Lombardi say this uncertainty is deeply troubling for the EU leadership.
[The recent Senate Foreign Relations Committee report on Russian meddling] is a thorough and comprehensive view of Russia’s decades-long political warfare against the West. The lesson learned from Europe, which has borne the brunt of Russian attacks, is that Russia can be deterred but that requires leadership. For that reason, this report would have sent a much stronger message to the Trump administration if it had Republican support. As is, it is an urgent warning and a call to action, but it may fall on deaf ears.
Extreme right-wing and xenophobic tendencies have been for decades a constant and broadly accepted element of Italian political life.