Daily English Lesson #34



Populist parties surge in Italian election

Populist parties have gained ground at the expense of establishment voices in Italy’s parliamentary elections, which produced no clear winner as votes were being counted in the early hours of Monday. The anti-establishment Five Star Movement is projected to have gained the most votes by a single party, while a center-right coalition looks set to hold the most seats in the country’s senate. According to national broadcaster RaiNews24, Five Star Movement led by 31-year-old Luigi di Maio is projected to gain over 32% of the vote, still short of the 40% needed to form a government. Based on early vote count, the result looks like a win for the center-right coalition brokered by former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, which collectively is projected to hold the biggest share of the vote — 35.5%.

Reading Vocabulary

broker – arrange or negotiate (an agreement)


Question: Do you think all citizens should be legally obliged to vote? Why or why not?


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deport – expel (a foreigner) from a country, typically on the grounds of illegal status or for having committed a crime

Picture Vocabulary 


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