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Does this year’s election show that Italy is racist?

An ugly anti-immigrant election campaign has brought issues around race and migration to the surface. Can Italy make peace with its diverse future?

By Darren Loucaides  

A banner fetes Matteo Salvini, leader of Italian far right party Lega Nord. Photo: PA

As Italy prepares to go to the polls this Sunday, its top issue is undoubtedly immigration. The increasingly ugly campaign has seen comeback kid Silvio Berlusconi (aged 81) promise to deport 600,000 so-called “illegal immigrants.”

His centre-right Forza Italia has allied itself with Lega. Formerly Lega Nord, the party once wanted north Italy to be a separate country, and its candidates have warned that the “white…

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