The Big Picture

Italy's Sobering Election

Sunday’s general election has plunged the country into uncertainty, as voters overwhelmingly favored populist and far-right parties, but gave none a majority. Can Italy – and Europe – withstand yet another period of weak governance?

Leader of the Italian right-wing party Forza Italia Silvio Berlusconi PIERO CRUCIATTI/AFP/Getty Images
Supporters of the anti-establishment populist 5 Star Movement Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images
A man walks past a branch of the Monte dei Paschi di Siena bank FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images;

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