An enormous disenchanted rump of middle class voters in Italy is likely to abstain from casting votes in the European Parliamentary elections from May 22 to 25. They represent the over-taxed who see no future in politics and no reason to believe European politics will change the current stalemate. But others may use the elections to put down a marker on the current government’s performance.

<i>These days, Italians show little interest in European matters, let alone the European Parliament. But the European elections may provide interesting signals for the short-run political future of the country. The picture is complex: Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has difficulties in meeting ex...

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Professor Enrico Colombatto
Mr Renzi’s promise to reduce taxes has turned out to be a double deception: the cut in personal income tax for low middle-income families - a tax discount amounting to less than 600 euros per taxpayer in 2014 - has been over-compensated by heavier taxes on the entire population
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