The Trouble with Italy / Maduro’s Reelection in Venezuela

A bizarre political experiment in underway in Italy, and Brussels is watching with concern. Patrick Smyth on the makeup of the new government, its internal contradictions, its plans for the economy and immigration – and the novice who will likely become the next Prime Minister.

Plus, Tom Hennigan on the reelection, widely seen as democratically illegitimate, of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Despite his win, Maduro faces huge obstacles both within and without the chavista movement he leads, as Venezuela lurches away from democracy.

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