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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 the European continent, U.S.-European relations, and Europe’s ties with the rest of the world. It does this through scholars-in-residence, seminars, policy study groups, media commentary, international conferences and publications. 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 program investigates European approaches to policy issues of importance to the United States, including globalization, digital transformation, climate, migration, global governance, and relations with Russia and Eurasia, China and the Indo-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa.  Read more