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Forget Brexit—Europe has a bigger crisis on its hands

With the new Italian coalition, 21st century western Europe will have its first extremist government

By Steve Bloomfield  

Photo: Alberto Gandolfo/Zuma Press/PA Images

The Dutch threatened it, the French flirted with it, the Germans might consider it next time. The Italians, though, have taken the plunge: 21st century western Europe has its first extremist government. The deal stuck between the far-right Liga Nord and the screw-them-all populists of the Five Star Movement is a watershed moment for European democracy. For the first time since the end of the Second World War, one of the founding nations of…

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