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Italy at the Crossroads

June 8, 2018

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 the European continent, US-European relations, and Europe’s ties with the rest of the world. We investigate European approaches to critical global issues: digital transformation, climate, migration, global governance. We also examine Europe’s relations with Russia and Eurasia, China and the Indo-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa. Our program activities cover a wide range of topics, from the role of NATO, the European Union and the OSCE to European energy security, trade disputes, challenges to democracy, and counter-terrorism. The Global Europe Program’s staff, scholars-in-residence, and Global Fellows participate in seminars, policy study groups, and international conferences to provide analytical recommendations to policy makers and the media.  Read more