The conditions are perfect for a populist resurgence in Europe

CNN — On Sunday night, it is widely expected that Giorgia Meloni will become Italy’s first female prime minister. Her victory would be historic not just because of her gender, but because she leads a party that is further to the right than any mainstream political movement Italy has seen since the days of its … Read more

‘Crucial’ vote could move Italy to the right; many might boycott

ROME (AP) — Italians will vote on Sunday in what is being billed as a crucial election as Europe reels from repercussions of Russia’s war in Ukraine. For the first time in Italy since the end of World War II, the election could propel a far-right leader into the premiership. Soaring energy costs and quickly … Read more

Italy turns to the right with FDI’s Georgia Meloni

Atmosphere during Giorgia Meloni’s rally in Cagliari to launch her campaign for Italy’s next general election at Cagliari on September 02, 2022 in Cagliari, Italy. Italians head to the polls for general elections on September 25, 2022. Emanuele Perrone | Getty Images News | Getty Images Italy’s voters head to the polls on Sunday in … Read more

Europe’s evaporating rivers wreak havoc for food and energy production

France’s Loire River is at its lowest level as Europe experiences what is thought to be its worst drought in at least 500 years. Guillaume Souvant | Afp | Getty Images Europe’s rivers are running dry after an extended period of extremely hot weather, ratcheting up fears over food and energy production at a time … Read more

Europe’s evaporating rivers wreak havoc for food and energy production

France’s Loire River is at its lowest level as Europe experiences what is thought to be its worst drought in at least 500 years. Guillaume Souvant | Afp | Getty Images Europe’s rivers are running dry after an extended period of extremely hot weather, ratcheting up fears over food and energy production at a time … Read more

Artist Ai Weiwei warns against hubris in ‘troublesome’ times

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Chinese dissident and artist Ai Weiwei warns against hubris in what he calls “such a troublesome time” with his first glass sculpture, made on the Venetian island of Murano, with the foreboding subtitle: “Memento Mori,” Latin for “Remember You Must Die.” Russian bombs fall on Ukraine. China is flexing its military … Read more

How much does it cost to travel full time? Here’s what one couple pays

Ernestas Tyminas felt “stuck” in his role as a marketing manager at a newspaper in Colorado Springs, Colorado. So he requested two months off to backpack through Asia, he said, landing in Beijing in January 2019. “On the first day… I met this one,” he said, gesturing to Darina Karpitskaya, sitting by his side. The … Read more

How much does it cost to travel full time? Here’s what one couple pays

Ernestas Tyminas felt “stuck” in his role as a marketing manager at a newspaper in Colorado Springs, Colorado. So he requested two months off to backpack through Asia, he said, landing in Beijing in January 2019. “On the first day… I met this one,” he said, gesturing to Darina Karpitskaya, sitting by his side. The … Read more

Far-right Italian leader Meloni rides popular wave in polls

ROME (AP) — With a message that blends Christianity, motherhood and patriotism, Giorgia Meloni is riding a wave of popularity that next month could see her become Italy’s first female prime minister and its first far-right leader since World War II. Even though her Brothers of Italy party has neo-fascist roots, Meloni has sought to … Read more

Wildfires spread, fish die off amid severe drought in Europe

PARIS (AP) — Firefighters from across Europe struggled Thursday to contain a huge wildfire in France that has swept through a large swath of pine forest, while Germans and Poles faced a mass fish die-off in a river flowing between their countries. Europe is suffering under a severe heat wave and drought that has produced … Read more