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Former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and Lega leader Matteo Salvini shake hands

Italy: Salvini’s tactical mistake puts the left in power

After the European elections this year, Matteo Salvini and his Lega party were riding high. Many expected he would capitalize on the wave of support and call for new elections. When he finally did, parties on the left moved against him. With a savvy political move from former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, the center- and far left have taken control of the government. A battle over new election rules, however, mean the tumult in Italian politics is far from over.

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