Italy’s election comes at a crucial time for the EU. French President Emmanuel Macron has set out ambitious plans for reforming the eurozone and integrating more closely in security, defence and migration. Italy’s election won’t derail these plans, but it is likely to make reform harder. Over 40 per cent of Italians, many of them young, will vote for Eurosceptic parties.
The incumbent centre-Left Democratic Party has lost support: Italy is still reeling from the economic crisis, with GDP below pre-crisis levels and unemployment above 10%.