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Italian local elections show Lega is winning, by a large margin

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Commentary. Some will point out—and rightly so—that Salvini’s Lega is not the same as the fascism of the black shirt gangs. However, Sunday’s defeat of the left in Emilia and Ferrara brings us to reflect on another element in the history of the region.

written by Tommaso Di Francesco

Topic Italy


June 11, 2019

The results of Sunday’s local elections are the full manifestation—if such is possible—of the upheaval that was already evident from the results of the European elections. There was a resurgence of the Democratic Party, but it was only partial. The star of the M5S fell even further, and the most striking takeaway was the strong (and dangerous) surge of the Lega, which is breaking through in social, political and cultural areas that—for some unclear reason—we had taken for granted, believing that they would “forever” remain the repository of the memory of the tragic events that once took place in Italian history.

The fact that the Lega, which started off as secessionist and came to power within the Berlusconi system, tinged with petty localism and corruption, and which later re-emerged as a nationalist, identitarian sovereignist-racist party, has broken through in Emilia, was the number one party in historically anti-fascist Forlì, and has even taken over the city of Ferrara, is a........

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