Mario Monti’s central role in Italy’s politics

Italy's Prime Minister Mario Monti has the final word (photo:dpa)
Italy's Prime Minister Mario Monti has the final word (photo:dpa)

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.

It all began in November 2011 when Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s government appeared manifestly unable to reassure the international community about Italy’s ability to serve its large public debt.

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To be fair, the budget deficit was significant, but not out of control. But the internation...

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