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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.   

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Global Europe Program

The Global Europe Program addresses vital issues affecting Europe’s relations with the rest of the world through scholars-in-residence, seminars, international conferences and publications. These programmatic activities cover wide-ranging topics include: European energy security, the role of the European Union and NATO, democratic transitions, and counter-terrorism, among others. The program also investigates comparatively European approaches to policy issues of importance to the United States, including migration, global governance, and relations with Russia, China and the Middle East.  Read more