Across the European Union, conservatives and far-right forces are uniting around an anti-immigrant and climate-skeptic agenda. Ahead of June’s EU elections, the continent’s divided left urgently needs to put forward an alternative.
Francesca De Benedetti covers European affairs at Domani and writes columns on European politics for Vanity Fair. She is cofounder of the European Focus newsletter. Her writing on Italian politics has been published by Libération, Balkan Insight, the International Press Institute, and other international outlets.
European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen’s “State of the Union” address shows she’s concentrating ever more power in her own hands. Not only are far-right parties on the rise across the continent, but the EU’s leading official is pushing their agenda.