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Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is losing popularity as he fails to understand how to tackle Italy’s growing economic problems. His promises of a new reform every month have been forgotten as he decides whether to cut a deal with other politicians or bet on winning a general election. Italy faces default or swingeing tax rises.
Professor Enrico Colombatto
The turmoil in Italian politics continues and is likely to come to a head before the end of 2014. Six months after promising a catalogue of reforms, new Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has delivered little and the economy has got worse. Now he faces finding 20 billion euros to meet the commitments he has made to Brussels.
Italy’s political scene is in disarray as former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi faces the prospect of jail and political oblivion after being found guilty in the bunga-bunga sex crimes trial. Election winner comedian Beppe Grillo and his Five Star Movement have lost public support as they implode. Internal squabbles are splitting the political left wing. The poli...
Two months political deadlock in Italy was ended by the intervention of President Giorgio Napolitano. He has been one of two key players in the last 18 months and was crucial to appointing Prime Minister Enrico Letta. He also has a major role to play with the other key player, Silvio Berlusconi, who could demolish the fragile coaltion government and call for new el...
The honeymoon is over for Italy’s technocrat Prime Minister Mario Monti and the guessing game has started over whether he will compete in the elections in 2013. Either way he hopes to maintain a high profile in politics.
ITALIAN politics is suddenly hard to decipher after some 15 years of relative stability.