Is Italy heading for its first far-right leader since Mussolini? – podcast

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The sudden downfall of Mario Draghi’s government could clear the way for Italy’s first far-right government since the second world war, says Rome correspondent Angela Giuffrida

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Mario Draghi was a popular prime minister with the Italian public, a safe pair of hands who could steer Italy’s recovery from Covid through to elections next year. Leaders across Europe saw him as serious, credible, and a strong partner on the Ukraine crisis. But last week he announced his resignation as his coalition collapsed.

It was a moment that shocked Italy and leaders around the EU, Rome correspondent Angela Giuffrida tells Michael Safi. Now there are fears that September’s election could usher into power a grouping of far-right political parties for the first time since the second world war.

Italian foreign minister Luigi Di Maio is surrounded by journalists outside parliament

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