In a European political landscape increasingly populated with insurgent, anti-system parties, Italy's extremist Northern League is the latest to profit from a groundswell of hostility to the European Union.
Umberto Bossi, the firebrand leader of Italy's opposition Northern League party, resigned yesterday (5 April) after allegations that taxpayers' money was used to pay for renovations at his villa and holidays for his children.
The financial crisis could provide fertile ground for xenophobic, separatist and extreme-right narratives such as the dogma of Italian Northern League, writes Giuseppe Lenzo from Durham University in Britain.
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