Italy shifts to the right
Near-final results show a party with neo-fascist roots, the Brothers of Italy, has swept Italy's national elections.
The victory looks set to deliver the first far-right-led government since World War II and make its leader, Giorgia Meloni, the first woman to become Italy's premier.
The country's right-wing lurch immediately shifted Europe's geopolitical reality, placing a eurosceptic party in position to lead a founding member of the European Union and its third-largest economy.
Europe's right-wing party leaders immediately hailed Meloni's victory and her party's meteoric rise as sending a historic message to Brussels.
Near-final results showed Meloni's center-right coalition netting some 44% of the parliamentary vote.
Turnout was a historic low 64%.