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Previewing Italy's General Election

MIN READSep 22, 2022 | 21:16 GMT

A joint rally of Italy's right-wing parties Brothers of Italy, Lega and Forza Italia takes place at Piazza del Popolo in Rome on Sept. 22, 2022.
A joint rally of Italy's right-wing parties Brothers of Italy, Lega and Forza Italia takes place at Piazza del Popolo in Rome on Sept. 22, 2022.

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While a right-wing victory in Italy's upcoming elections may make financial markets nervous about Rome's future policies, the new government is unlikely to drastically move away from the current path of reform, even if selective clashes with the European Union are probable. Italy will hold a general election on Sept. 25 in a vote that is expected to see the right-wing Brothers of Italy party led by Giorgia Meloni seizing the premiership, in a coalition with Matteo Salvini's populist Lega and Silvio Berlusconi's center-right Forza Italia. After breaking its alliance with the populist Five Star Movement and failing to secure an alliance with the centrist Third Pole, the center-left coalition led by Enrico Letta's Democratic Party is not expected to win enough seats to defeat the right-wing bloc, which is running under a single ticket. Compared with a Letta-led government, a government led by Meloni and her Brothers of Italy...

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