Brent Goff speaks to Italian MP Ivan Scalforotto about comments by EU Budget Commissioner Günther Oettinger urging Italian voters not to back populist parties.
Conservatives and Social Democrats long dominated Germany's political culture, generating broad appeal. But their ability to unite people under proverbial big tents is waning, while small parties profit from the discord.
Italy's far-right interior minister, Matteo Salvini, has joined with similar European elements in former US presidential adviser Steve Bannon's Brussels-based Movement. Their focus is on next year's European elections.
Greece's leader has argued that the 2019 EU parliamentary elections are not just a run-of-the-mill vote. With members at odds over migration, Brexit and rising right-wing populism, Europe's soul depends on the outcome.
A string of alleged or openly racist attacks on minorities in Italy has fueled a debate about whether the country has a growing problem with racism and xenophobia. Ylenia Gostoli reports from Rome.
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