Why did the Morandi bridge collapse? The clues lie in divisions within the populist coalition of Five Star and the League
Genoa’s Morandi bridge, which collapsed this week with the loss of at least 39 lives, was of exceptional strategic importance in Italy and beyond. The motorway it carried across the Polcevera stream was no ordinary road. It linked the two halves of Genoa. It was the corridor along which goods shuttled to and from Italy’s second-biggest port. And it was part of one of the main routes between Italy and France.
Why was the Genoa bypass not built? The answer tells us something about modern Italy