Parliamentary elections in Italy: Shift to the right in the midst of instability

By Azim Parker As expected, Giorgia Meloni and her ultra-reactionary Fratelli d’Italia party emerged victorious in the September 25 election. She will therefore be at the head of the next government. The Fratelli d’Italia, whose members still refer positively to Mussolini’s fascism, received 26% of the vote (up 21.6% on 2018). The entire right-wing bloc, […]

Leigh Nin  ·  29 September 2022

Italy: fascists direct covid anger against trade unions

By KD Tait ON SATURDAY 16 October tens of thousands attended an anti-fascist demonstration in Rome, called by the CGIL trade union, in response to a fascist attack on the union’s headquarters the previous week. On 9 October thousands of people had attended a protest against the Green Pass, a covid passport which provides proof […]

KD Tait  ·  25 October 2021

Free Captain Rackete

The arrest of the captain of the Sea Watch 3 triggered a storm of indignation throughout Europe. On Lampedusa, it was not only the thugs of the racist Interior Minister and Lega leader Salvini who met the 31-year-old Carola Rackete, who took her ship into the port on the night of 28-29 June. Many demonstrators also loudly expressed their solidarity with the courageous woman.

Workers Power  ·  09 July 2019

Italy: For a united front against racism

By Dave Stockton AFTER NEARLY three months of negotiations, a coalition government has been formed in Italy between the Five Star Movement (M5S) and the League (formerly Lega Nord). Coverage of the government’s difficult birth focussed on the Italian President’s decision to veto the coalition’s choice of a eurosceptic Finance Minister, but the real headline […]

Workers Power  ·  04 June 2018

Italy rejects anti-democratic reforms

By Marc Lassalle, originally published in our international magazine Italian voters have rejected premier Matteo Renzi’s proposed amendments to the constitution with an impressive 59 percent in the referendum sponsored by his government. Last night, a small spontaneous demo by the Cobas teachers’ union formed outside the PM’s official residence, Palazzo Chigi, cheering the […]

Workers Power  ·  06 December 2016

The Beppe Grillo Phenomenon

The Italian general election did not give a majority to any party or coalition – but it did produce a clear winner: the Five Stars Movement (M5S) of Beppe Grillo. With 25.5 per cent of the vote in the lower house and 23.8 per cent in the upper it is the biggest single party in […]

Workers Power  ·  12 March 2013

Italian Elections 2013: A shock for Eurocrats – and the Left

Dave Stockton Stock markets fell and EU leaders reacted in horror as the result came in from Italy’s general election on 24-25 February. Their hoped-for winners, “responsible” parties that would continue to push austerity, had failed to win a working majority in parliament. Eurocrats had hoped the austerity programme of cuts and neoliberal “reforms” designed […]

Workers Power  ·  12 March 2013

Italy: women and workers march against Berlusconi

Hundreds of thousands of women took to the streets of 200 Italian cities on 13 February calling for “dignity” and greater rights for women, Rebecca Anderson

Workers Power  ·  06 April 2011

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