Italian former prime minister Matteo Renzi forms new party in blow to week-old coalition

Italian former prime minister Matteo Renzi forms new party in blow to week-old coalition

But a senior figure on the Left warned that divisions within Italian governments in the early 1920s paved the way for the rise of Benito Mussolini, the Fascist dictator who dragged the country into disastrous colonial adventures, imprisoned political opponents, persecuted Italian Jews and sided with Hitler in the Second World War.
Dario Franceschini, the culture minister in the newly-formed coalition, said Mr Renzi’s departure was a highly risky strategy that could lead to the collapse of the coalition and the return of Mr Salvini.
The League leader pulled the plug on his alliance with Five Star last month, in a vain attempt to trigger a general election in which he could have emerged as prime minister.
“In 1921-22, Fascism was growing more and more on the back of anger and fear,” said Mr Franceschini.
“Socialists and liberals had a majority in parliament…but arguments and divisions within the parties left them weak, allowing Mussolini to triumph in October 1922. History should teach us not to repeat the errors of the past.”

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