The Northern League started out as a secessionist party, advocating the breakup of Italy and independence for the northern provinces. The Five Star Movement started out as a joke — it was invented by a comedian — and then became a social media operation. Both evolved: The Northern League turned itself into a far-right party, using aggressive language about immigrants, while the Five Star Movement adopted some classic left-wing policies, calling for a universal income and high public spending. Together, they are now set to run the Italian government.
"Watch What Happens in Rome. It Could Be Our Post-Trump Future." is from the May 18, 2018 Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by Anne Applebaum and narrated by Sam Scholl.