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Italy’s centre-left will almost certainly lose power on Sunday—but all is not lost

Across Europe left-wing parties may be losing, but left-wing ideas are proving surprisingly popular

By Steve Bloomfield  

Secretary of the Democratic Party Matteo Renzi. Photo: NurPhoto/SIPA USA/PA Images

The obituaries have already been written. “Why the Italian left looks doomed,” reads a Guardian headline; “Italy’s rising jobless rate piles pressure on Democratic party,” points out the Financial Times. They’re probably right. Opinion polls suggest that the centre-left Partito Democratico (PD), which has been in office since 2013, will lose this Sunday’s general election. The PD is set to win no more than a quarter of the vote, finishing below the populist Five Star…

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