Basilio Korman / 07 Jul 2023

Twilight of a Populist

The End of Silvio Berlusconi

It’s often written that Silvio Berlusconi’s political fortunes lasted almost thirty years, from 1994 to his death in 2023. But this is not true.(...)

Josh White / 13 Nov 2019

Start-Up Populism

From PayPal to Brexit

The Brexit Party revolves around London millionaires. Former metals trader Nigel Farage is the face of the party, while Leave.EU founders Richard Tice and Arron Banks keep the campaign flush with cash.(...)

Germany against racism. Berlin, June 2019.
John Foster / 13 Sep 2019

Coming Up for Air

The Populist Interregnum

Describing his time in Nazi prison camps in the 1930s, Paul Massing noted that the experience was much more difficult for those outside his political party.(...)

The Battleground / 17 May 2019

Italy’s Democracy Crisis

The Anna Momigliano Interview

Few countries occupy as difficult a place in European news as Italy. Only reported on when there’s an economic crisis or a tabloid-style story about its flamboyant political leaders — read Silvio Berlusconi, or, Matteo Salvini — Italy screams out for more considered coverage.(...)

Joel Schalit / 25 Jan 2019

School for Dictators

Matteo Salvini and the Italian Right

It had been his worst week in office. The press had started eating him alive. His coalition was showing signs of stress. And opposition was starting to coalesce around his refugee policy.(...)