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After an inconclusive vote and months of gridlock, Enrico Letta was sworn in this week as Italy's prime minister. But his center-left party is weak and bereft of ideas -- a problem facing the left Europe-wide.
There has been much written about the extreme right in Europe in recent years. The contribution this book makes is its analysis of specific movements in several dozen Europeans countries.
Those who lament the rise of anti-immigrant movements in Europe as a recent phenomenon have it wrong. Pan-European nativism has been a strong force there for over a century and -- despite the results of the recent Danish elections -- is not going away.