Why immigration has the potential to upend the Italian election

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Analysis feature. The failure of Marine Le Pen and Geert Wilders to cause an upset in 2017 had prompted some observers to argue that Europe’s ‘populist right’ was now in retreat. But as James Dennison, Andrew Geddes and Matthew Goodwin highlight, the apparent fall in support for anti-immigration populism elsewhere in Europe has not been seen in Italy ahead of the country’s general election in March 2018. Immigration has risen from a non-issue to the second most important for Italian voters, and polls have shown growing support for the increasingly anti-immigration Forza Italia and Lega Nord.

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