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By prospect   May 2007

Euro-left woes

Suddenly, the left is looking tattered all over Europe: a mere coalition partner in Germany, far behind the Catholic right in Poland, out of power in Sweden, about to lose its three-time election winner in Britain, behind in the polls in France—at the time of writing—and with reports of chaos in the Royal camp from Eric Besson, her former economic adviser. Apart from Spain (where even Zapatero is in trouble over Basque terrorism), the one recent bright spot has been Italy, where Romano Prodi beat Silvio Berlusconi last year.

Not so fast. Prodi’s coalition—which spans Christian democrats, revolutionary…

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