The Story of Italy’s 2018 Election

The Rise of Five Star and Lega

Italy’s 2018 election proved to be the latest shock to western democracies. By wide margins, Italians voted for populist movements at the expense of traditional parties. In May, the populist Five Star Movement and the right-wing Lega Party reached a tentative agreement to form a new governing coalition.

Why did Italian voters risk putting their future in the hands of untested populists? From youth unemployment to a slumping working class and a simmering migration crisis, this documentary by the Bertelsmann Foundation goes inside a country at a crossroads.


Samuel George

Global Markets and Digital Adviser
Bertelsmann Foundation