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The Populist March on Rome

Italy's political destiny, and perhaps that of the European Union, is now in the hands of the populist Five Star Movement and the far-right Northern League – that is, if either can form a government.  Whatever the outcome of coalition talks, Italy seems certain to face yet another period of weak governance.

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