Why are far-right parties increasingly influential in European politics? John Henley reports on the rise of the Brethren of Italy and the Swedish Democrats

On Saturday, the leader of the “Brothers of Italy” party, Giorgia Meloni, swore in the Italian prime minister. She has promised to crack down on migrant boats and restrict abortion rights, and opposes same-sex marriage and parenting.

Support for far-right parties has remained unchanged in recent years, so why are they now making political gains across Europe? John Henley, the Guardian’s Europe correspondent, analyzes Meloni’s victory in Italy and the success of the Sweden Democrats to explain what’s going on. He tells Michael Sophy how far-right parties across Europe have worked to detoxify their brands and how their ideas have been normalized by mainstream parties and the media.

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