When COVID-19 sent the global economy into meltdown, European leaders insisted they wouldn’t repeat the same mistakes they made after the 2008 crisis. But in Italy, a familiar cast of technocrats are again touting the same neoliberal recipes — hobbling the country’s public sector and driving ever-wider inequalities.
Fulvio Lorefice is a historical researcher with a doctorate from Bologna University. He is author of the book Ribellarsi non basta [Rebelling Isn't Enough].
As Italy’s election approaches this weekend, the decline of its communist tradition still haunts the country’s left.