Marine Le Pen, Beppe Grillo, Geert Wilders, Frauke Petry: has their big moment arrived?

With elections due across Europe and a referendum in Italy, the establishment fears political tremors

Marine Le Pen poster

Dogged by the migration crisis and the traumatic business of Brexit – to name just two current, existential challenges to their project – those who run the European Union felt they had enough on their plates before Donald Trump seized the White House.

News of his triumph broke on Europe, as had that of the British vote to leave the European Union on 23 June, in defiance of opinion pollsters and the assumptions of political elites that maintained that the world’s most advanced democracy could never deliver such a blow to the established order. Then it did.

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21 reported dead as shallow 6.2 quake shakes Rome, devastates towns in central Italy

Rescuers carry a person on a stretcher following a quake in Amatrice, central Italy, August 24, 2016. © Remo Casilli

A powerful 6.2-magnitude earthquake followed by a series of aftershocks has rocked central Italy. Strong tremors were felt in the country’s capital, Rome, and several small towns and villages have been seriously damaged with at least 21 people reportedly killed.

The quake hit at 01:36 GMT with an epicenter 76 kilometers southeast of the city of Perugia, the US Geological Survey reported.

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