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Italian Elections 2018: What to Expect and What’s at Stake?

20 February 2018 - 8:30am to 9:30am

Chatham House, London


Marcello Sorgi, Journalist and Columnist, La Stampa; London Correspondent, La Stampa (2006-07)
Chair: Professor Matthew Goodwin, Visiting Senior Fellow, Europe Programme, Chatham House



On 4 March, Italy will go to the polls to elect a new government in what will be a key election for the country and the EU. Despite modest economic growth, national debt is at 132 per cent of GDP and unemployment remains high, especially among young people. Italy is also on the frontline of the EU’s refugee crisis: more than 119,000 people reached Italian shores in 2017. Furthermore, Italy’s political system is fracturing and it is unclear whether its new electoral law, combining a first-past-the-post system and proportional representation, will be sufficient to provide a stable governing coalition. In this session, the speaker will examine different potential election outcomes, and explore how these are likely to affect Italy, the Eurozone and the EU more broadly.

This is part of a series run by the Europe Programme on ‘Britain and Europe: The Post-Referendum Agenda’.

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.