In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we examine the outcome of Italy’s general election in which populist parties surged to power, but none held enough seats to build a government. With instability and the threat of snap elections hovering, a new coalition government has emerged with a full set of challenges demanding attention.  We asked George Kopits, Global Fellow with the Wilson Center’s Global Europe Program, to explain the ramifications on Italy’s relations with its neighbors and the world and its importance to the future of NATO, the EU, the euro and more.   


George Kopits is a Global Fellow with the Wilson Center’s Global Europe Program, where his primary research interest is policymaking in the European Union. He is a member of Portugal’s Public Finance Council and is on the adjunct faculty of Central European University. In 2014-15, he was an advisor at the IMF’s Independent Evaluation Office. In 2012-13, he chaired the OECD Reference Group on Independent Fiscal Institutions and participated in Peru’s Commission on Strengthening the Macro-Fiscal Framework.


John Milewski is the executive producer and managing editor of Wilson Center NOW and also serves as director of Wilson Center ON DEMAND digital programming.