Jobs, immigration and the EU: Italian fury is palpable ahead of the general election

It is a decade since the financial crisis, but Italy is still angry: from the small-town piazzas of northern Italy, to the picket lines of the old industrial heartlands around Turin, it is the smouldering rage of the people that dominates final campaigning for next weekend’s election.

There is anxiety over uncontrolled migration; dismay over children without prospects; bitterness towards Europe and its common currency and – encompassing all these grievances – fury and frustration at Italy’s political establishment for failing to act.

One candidate out stoking that rage, is Matteo Salvini – the leader of the anti-immigrant League party (formerly the Northern League) – who last week toured the…

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