European politics: can the centre hold?

Italy’s polls were a triumph for populism at the expense of centre-left and centre-right, while Germany’s new coalition is an uneasy partnership. Here’s the best of our comment and analysis this week on the weakening of social democracy in Europe

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The populist gains lessen Rome’s chances of teaming up with France and Germany

Recent election results make the EU less able to respond to the next big crisis

After his victory in the election, the impoverished south has a champion at last

The hope is they will moderate their policies to protect the recovery

Labour’s would-be chancellor plans to nationalise the railways and shackle the banks

Liberal democratic capitalism must be more radical while staying true to itself

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Letter from Federico Manfredi Firmian, Paris, France