Abstention, not the divided left, was the main beneficiary of French voters' pessimism.
David Broder is a historian of French and Italian communism. He is currently writing a book on the crisis of Italian democracy in the post-Cold War period.
The general election marked a setback for the Scottish National Party. Is the independence dream dead?
A look back at the "French Tito," partisan militant Georges Guingouin.
Palmiro Togliatti helped build the Italian Communist Party into the envy of the European left. But just how tangible was his Italian road to socialism?
Silvio Berlusconi’s tenure reminds us that the Left needs to attack the neoliberal center, not just the populist right.
Yes, the defeat of Renzi's constitutional reform was a victory. And no, it won't condemn Italy to right-wing authoritarianism.
Old ways of thinking about mass democratic politics won't cut it in today's globalized, atomized society.
Italy's xenophobic Five Star Movement has capitalized on the Left's weakness to emerge as the lone voice of anti-establishment voters.
Today Italy celebrates Liberation Day. But the true spirit of the antifascist resistance has long been obscured.
Supporting centrist forces is the wrong way to keep the Right out of power.
Pietro Ingrao's life captured the great promise and ultimate tragedy of the Italian Communist Party.
Jeremy Corbyn may be a socialist, but his Labour Party leadership bid is still a dead-end for the British left.
For decades, the Italian left was among the most militant in Europe. Can it become relevant once again?