Parliamentary elections in Italy are one of the most important events in European politics this year. After dramatic voting in France and Germany, the Italian result is an important indicator of political processes in the EU. The Italians seem to vote for the changes. Silvio Berlusconi, who recently returned to politics but does not have the right to be prime minister, looks forward to the role of the "grey cardinal" in the new Italian government. His "Forza Italia" party is gaining points on the eve of the elections, making real competition to such populists as the Five Stars Movement. One of the biggest parties in Italy, the Lega Nord, is skeptical about the European Union's future and also expects to consolidate its position.
It is possible to say with a high degree of probability that none of the parties will gain enough votes to form a government independently, and the emergence of a coalition is inevitable.
Will the new Italian government be sustainable? What policy towards Russia can be expected from the new Italian government? Will Italy's policy with regard to migrants change? And what does it all mean for the European Union? These and other questions will be addressed by the participants in the discussion.
Nathalie Tocci, Special Adviser to EU HRVP Federica Mogherini, Director of the Institute for International Relations (IAI) (by videolink);
Giovanni Savino, Professor at the Institute of Social Sciences, RANEPA.
Working languages: Russian, English.