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    Using Tactics Perfected By Trump, Populist And Nationalist Leaders Are Undermining Italy’s Institutions buzzfeednews.com/article/albert…

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    Alberto Nardelli

    Italy’s budget incident isn’t isolated. It sits within a crescendo of verbal attacks carried out by both the Five Star Movement and the League against officials, institutions, the media, anything and anyone perceived to stand in their way. Social media is their weapon of choice

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    Words are now seeping into actions, which could steadily erode the country’s democratic & cultural institutions – and cause lasting damage in a country where checks & balances, civil society, and the media are weak and less adept at holding the powerful to account

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    The League and Five Star Movement have appointed a journalist who has spread conspiracy theories to chair Italy’s state broadcaster; attacked court decisions they disagree with, and cheered the ones they like; and threatened civil and public servants

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    Over time, all this will put Italy’s place in Europe up for question. And in the court of public opinion, Salvini and Di Maio are winning. Their two parties are polling at a combined 60%. Opposition parties on both the center-right & center-left are languishing at record lows

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