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Up for debate: The best from the Business Post’s columnists

Insightful analysis of the main developments in business and politics from our team of writers, including Matt Cooper, Lucinda Creighton and Elaine Byrne

Giorgia Meloni, leader of the far right Fratelli d’Italia political party, which is on track to receive a quarter of the vote in today’s general election. Like Silvio Berlusconi, she supported Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014. Picture: Getty

Elaine Byrne: Rise of far right across Europe creates perfect storm for Putin

Italy, which today is likely to elect its first far-right government since the rule of Mussolini, is only one of several EU states where nationalist parties are gaining ground.

Matt Cooper: Why Tommy Tiernan’s heartfelt pleas for Africa are likely to go unanswered

There are few votes to be won in being generous internationally and a massive government commitment to alleviate hardship ...