Italy's vote drives home a message: migration matters

Italy's vote drives home a message: migration mattersThe voters of Italy have not so much spoken as snarled and shouted. While Sunday’s election handed no party a clear mandate to govern, it drove home a message with sobering implications for the rest of Europe and beyond: the issue of immigrants and refugees, weaponized politically by populist firebrands promising to seal off borders and “reclaim” their countries’ true identity, has become a dominant force in Western politics. A five-month political stalemate in Germany – finally resolved only as the Italians were voting – has provided further evidence.

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