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Italy crippled by political stalemate


Bersani's centre-left alliance has won the parliamentary elections in Italy. But the success of Grillo's protest party and the Berlusconi camp is making it difficult to form a government. Are Italy's populists now making Europe pay the price for the austerity dictates?



Main focus of Monday, 29. April 2013

Hopes for a new start in Italy

Italy's new government has been in office since Sunday. Under Prime Minister Enrico Letta, the left-wing PD and the conservative PdL have formed the first ... » more


El Mundo - Spain | Monday, 29. April 2013

Cross-party pact can serve as an example

The ability to forge a broad coalition in a political crisis is exemplary and represents an opportunity for other states as well as Italy, the conservative daily El Mundo notes approvingly: » more


Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Monday, 29. April 2013

A touch of presidentialism good for Italy

The parliament must give the grand coalition its vote of confidence this Monday. The MPs are unlikely to reject the government that has been skilfully put together by President Napolitano, the liberal-conservative business paper Il Sole 24 Ore writes with satisfaction: » more


Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Monday, 29. April 2013

Just a brief truce

Enrico Letta's grand coalition is not the proof of reconciliation it is being sold as and won't last very long, the liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung believes: » more


Der Standard - Austria | Monday, 29. April 2013

A long overdue change of guard

The fact that Letta has largely steered clear of erstwhile top-ranking politicians in forming his cabinet could be the start of a sensational renewal, the left-liberal daily Der Standard writes in delight: » more


Main focus of Thursday, 25. April 2013

Letta to end deadlock in Italy

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano on Wednesday tasked the deputy leader of the Social Democrats, Enrico Letta, with forming a government. The prime minister designate plans ... » more


Die Presse - Austria | Thursday, 25. April 2013

In Berlusconi's grip

Enrico Letta may be able to ensure that Italy's parties agree on a common government, but in the eyes of the conservative daily Die Presse it's someone else who's pulling the strings: » more


Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | Thursday, 25. April 2013

Unearned laurels but lacking will to reform

Enrico Letta may enjoy Napolitano's trust but he lacks the courage to introduce genuine reforms, the conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung comments: » more


Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Tuesday, 23. April 2013

Napolitano doesn't mince his words

At the ceremony in which he was sworn in for a second term as Italy's president, Giorgio Napolitano called for the immediate formation of a government and accused the parties of inexcusable quarrelling. The president's words were not a rebuke but an ultimatum, the liberal-conservative business daily Il Sole 24 Ore comments: » more


Main focus of Monday, 22. April 2013

Italy pins its hopes on Napolitano

Italy's re-elected President Giorgio Napolitano intends to clarify today, Monday, how he plans to get the country out of its current political crisis. On Saturday ... » more


ABC - Spain | Monday, 22. April 2013

Italy needs new electoral system

Napolitano's most pressing task is to reform the unspeakable Italian electoral system, the conservative daily ABC writes: » more


Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Monday, 22. April 2013

Expert government will answer to Napolitano

After the presidential elections in Italy, the daily Tages-Anzeiger prophesies another technocrat government instead of new elections: » more


The Economist - United Kingdom | Sunday, 21. April 2013

Political rift between old and young

Napolitano's re-election symbolises the victory of the established politicians over the younger generation, the blogger Charlemagne writes on the website of the liberal business magazine The Economist: » more


La Stampa - Italy | Sunday, 21. April 2013

President saves the day

Napolitano is the only ray of hope in Italian politics, the liberal daily La Stampa observes: » more


La Repubblica - Italy | Friday, 19. April 2013

Bersani's faux pas in presidential election

The Italian parliament was unable to decide on a new president in the first round of the vote on Thursday. The favourite for the post, Franco Marini, was proposed by the leader of the Democratic Party (PD) Pier Luigi Bersani. The latter now has no option but to withdraw from politics, the left-liberal daily La Repubblica fumes: » more


La Stampa - Italy | Thursday, 18. April 2013

Presidential candidate divides Italy's PD

Pier Luigi Bersani, leader of the social democratic PD, has put forward former Senate Speaker Franco Marini as his candidate in the election of the Italian President which begins this Thursday. Bersani could not have made a more unfortunate choice, because although Marini's candidacy builds a bridge with the conservatives it divides the PD, the liberal daily La Stampa laments: » more


Imerisia - Greece | Monday, 15. April 2013

Berlusconi makes Berlin sweat once again

In the event of fresh elections, the alliance led by Italy's ex-prime minister Silvio Berlusconi would claim around a third of the votes and emerge as the strongest party, according to several surveys carried out last week. The left-liberal business paper Imerisia writes that Berlin in particular fears a comeback by Berlusconi: » more


Corriere della Sera - Italy | Tuesday, 9. April 2013

Italy's zombie democracy

In Italy the political stalemate continues. According to the constitution, outgoing President Giorgio Napolitano can't dissolve the elected parliament because it must select his successor. But despite the difficult situation the parliamentarians could still do some work in the meantime, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera complains: » more


Main focus of Tuesday, 2. April 2013

Ten wise men to help Italy

Italy's President Giorgio Napolitano has appointed a group of experts that this Tuesday will begin working on proposals for a reform of the country that ... » more


Corriere della Sera - Italy | Tuesday, 2. April 2013

A lesson for Italy's parties

The appointment of a group of experts is lesson for Italy's parties, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera comments: » more


Der Standard - Austria | Tuesday, 2. April 2013

Berlusconi destroying all hope

A commission of experts won't be able to end the political stalemate in Italy either, the left-liberal daily Der Standard writes, arguing that the inter-party wrangling will continue until Berlusconi has gone: » more


Spiegel Online - Germany | Sunday, 31. March 2013

Italy's politicians declared incompetent

The "ten wise men" include the head of the National Institute of Statistics, the president of the Italian Competition Authority and several ex-judges. By appointing these experts Napolitano has exposed the inadequacy of the political class in Rome, the news portal Spiege Online concludes: » more


Wiener Zeitung - Austria | Wednesday, 27. March 2013

Grillo blows chance to take part in government

Pier Luigi Bersani, leader of the centre-left alliance in Italy, was unable to make progress in his search for a governing majority on Wednesday. The state-run liberal Wiener Zeitung sees it as a fatal mistake that Beppe Grillo's Cinque Stelle protest movement is refusing to work with the traditional parties on principle: » more


Corriere della Sera - Italy | Tuesday, 26. March 2013

Bersani's bloc sucking up to Grillo

The leading candidate of the centre-left alliance, Pier Luigi Bersani, continues his search for a majority to form a new government in Rome today, Tuesday, after categorically rejecting the idea of forming a coalition with Berlusconi's centre-right bloc. Apparently he prefers to link up with the Beppe Grillo's Cinque Stelle protest movement, complains the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera: » more


Corriere della Sera - Italy | Tuesday, 19. March 2013

Italy needs an impartial government

Pier Luigi Bersani, leader of Italy's social democrats, announced on Sunday that he intends to solve the political stalemate by forming a government on the basis of a programme containing just a few points. Italy needs a very different, completely impartial head head of government, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera argues: » more


Corriere della Sera - Italy | Wednesday, 13. March 2013

Stalemate dragging Italy into abyss

Two weeks after the election stalemate in Italy there is still no sign of a solution. The US rating agency Fitch cited political instability as one of the reasons for downgrading the country's credit rating on Friday evening. The country is heading straight for the abyss, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera warns: » more


Blog EUROPP - United Kingdom | Monday, 11. March 2013

For Marco Simoni Italy's frustration is reason for Grillo's success

The success of Beppe Grillo's Movimento 5 Stelle protest movement in Italy's parliamentary elections is symbolic of the voters frustration with the politics of the last decades, Marco Simoni argues on the London School of Economics' EUROPP blog: » more


Spiegel Online - Germany | Thursday, 7. March 2013

For Wolfgang Münchau Grillo is Germany's true opposition leader

In the early 1930s the German austerity policy destroyed the monetary system based on the gold standard, and today it is destroying the euro, columnist Wolfgang Münchau writes in the online version of news magazine Der Spiegel: » more


La Repubblica - Italy | Thursday, 7. March 2013

Minority government only the means to an end

After the stalemate in Italy's parliamentary elections the leader of the social democratic PD, Pier Luigi Bersani received the unanimous support of his party for forming a minority government. But appearances are deceptive, the left-liberal daily La Repubblica writes: » more


Zeit Online - Germany | Wednesday, 6. March 2013

Deadlock in Italy bad news for all Europe

Despite the electoral stalemate in Italy, the parties are searching feverishly for a solution that will allow them to form a government. But it's not as easy for its European neighbours to exert pressure here as it was in Greece, the liberal weekly paper Die Zeit writes: » more


Público - Spain | Tuesday, 5. March 2013

Those in power are the real clowns

Germany's social democratic chancellor candidate Peer Steinbrück last week described the two Italian politicians Silvio Berlusconi and Beppe Grillo as clowns. But to brand Grillo a clown is just a panic reaction from the truly ridiculous politicians, economist Juan Torres López writes in his blog with the left-leaning online paper Público: » more


Wiener Zeitung - Austria | Wednesday, 27. March 2013

Grillo blows chance to take part in government

Pier Luigi Bersani, leader of the centre-left alliance in Italy, was unable to make progress in his search for a governing majority on Wednesday. The state-run liberal Wiener Zeitung sees it as a fatal mistake that Beppe Grillo's Cinque Stelle protest movement is refusing to work with the traditional parties on principle: » more


Corriere della Sera - Italy | Tuesday, 19. March 2013

Italy needs an impartial government

Pier Luigi Bersani, leader of Italy's social democrats, announced on Sunday that he intends to solve the political stalemate by forming a government on the basis of a programme containing just a few points. Italy needs a very different, completely impartial head head of government, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera argues: » more


Corriere della Sera - Italy | Wednesday, 13. March 2013

Stalemate dragging Italy into abyss

Two weeks after the election stalemate in Italy there is still no sign of a solution. The US rating agency Fitch cited political instability as one of the reasons for downgrading the country's credit rating on Friday evening. The country is heading straight for the abyss, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera warns: » more


La Repubblica - Italy | Thursday, 7. March 2013

Minority government only the means to an end

After the stalemate in Italy's parliamentary elections the leader of the social democratic PD, Pier Luigi Bersani received the unanimous support of his party for forming a minority government. But appearances are deceptive, the left-liberal daily La Repubblica writes: » more


Spiegel Online - Germany | Thursday, 7. March 2013

For Wolfgang Münchau Grillo is Germany's true opposition leader

In the early 1930s the German austerity policy destroyed the monetary system based on the gold standard, and today it is destroying the euro, columnist Wolfgang Münchau writes in the online version of news magazine Der Spiegel: » more


Zeit Online - Germany | Wednesday, 6. March 2013

Deadlock in Italy bad news for all Europe

Despite the electoral stalemate in Italy, the parties are searching feverishly for a solution that will allow them to form a government. But it's not as easy for its European neighbours to exert pressure here as it was in Greece, the liberal weekly paper Die Zeit writes: » more


Público - Spain | Tuesday, 5. March 2013

Those in power are the real clowns

Germany's social democratic chancellor candidate Peer Steinbrück last week described the two Italian politicians Silvio Berlusconi and Beppe Grillo as clowns. But to brand Grillo a clown is just a panic reaction from the truly ridiculous politicians, economist Juan Torres López writes in his blog with the left-leaning online paper Público: » more


La Repubblica - Italy | Friday, 1. March 2013

Grillo playing a dangerous game

The leader of the Five Star Movement, Beppe Grillo, has rejected the proposal of the Democratic Party (PD) to form a coalition based on individual agreements. Grillo described the PD's leader Pier Luigi Bersani as a political stalker. Grillo is playing a dangerous game, the left-liberal daily La Repubblica complains: » more


Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | Thursday, 28. February 2013

Napolitano's rebuff of Steinbrück paradoxical

Italy's president Giorgio Napolitano has cancelled a meeting with Peer Steinbrück, chancellor candidate of the social-democratic SPD party, after the latter described the two Italian politicians Silvio Berlusconi and Beppe Grillo as "clowns". The liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza points out that the demands of the politicians whom Steinbrück spoke of so dismissively are the same as those of the SPD: » more


Handelsblatt - Germany | Thursday, 28. February 2013

Race between populists and reformers

The election success of Italian anti-reformists Beppe Grillo and Silvio Berlusconi is a major setback for the austerity and reform policy in the Eurozone, the liberal business daily Handelsblatt warns: » more


Der Standard - Austria | Wednesday, 27. February 2013

Europe needs to calm down

After the unclear outcome in the Italian parliamentary elections, the yields on Portuguese, Spanish and Italian bonds rose sharply on Tuesday. But the panic is uncalled for, the left-liberal daily Der Standard writes: » more


Diário Económico - Portugal | Wednesday, 27. February 2013

EU leaders paying for their mistakes now

Rising yields on government bonds, sinking share prices in many countries and a falling euro: » more


Corriere della Sera - Italy | Wednesday, 27. February 2013

Italians to blame for their woes

The strong results obtained by Berlusconi and Grillo in conjunction with Monti's poor showing are being interpreted as Italians having voted against the EU austerity plan. But the country is too quick to pin the blame on the EU, economist Lucrezia Rechlin argues in the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera: » more


The European - Germany | Tuesday, 26. February 2013

Berlusconi is Italy's revenge on Germany

Berlusconi's success in the parliamentary elections can be traced back to Germany's policies and its austerity dictates for Europe, journalist Stefano Casertano writes in the German version of the online magazine The European: » more


Protagon.gr - Greece | Wednesday, 27. February 2013

Success of populists death-blow for Europe

The election success of Berlusconi and Grillo represents a victory for populism in Italy but it will be the death-blow for Europe, the web portal Protagon predicts: » more


BBC - United Kingdom | Monday, 25. February 2013

Grillo will have a say

The protest Five Star Movement under comedian Beppe Grillo has emerged from the Italian parliamentary elections as the third-strongest force. The BBC's Europe editor Gavin ... » more


De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Tuesday, 26. February 2013

Europe is the big loser

Above all Europe has come out the loser in the Italian elections, the left-liberal daily De Volkskrant writes: » more


Die Presse - Austria | Tuesday, 26. February 2013

Berlusconi blocks sensible moderate right

The only thing that can save Italy is a stable centre-right government, the liberal-conservative daily Die Presse comments. But it believes there can be no hope of that as long as Berlusconi is in the running: » more


Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Tuesday, 26. February 2013

Grand coalition, new elections the only way out

Both in the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate, Bersani's centre-left coalition has a razor-thin lead against Berlusconi's centre-right alliance. The only way out of this stalemate is a grand coalition, the liberal-conservative business daily Il Sole 24 Ore admonishes: » more


Hospodárske noviny - Slovakia | Tuesday, 26. February 2013

Election result unnerves Italy and Europe

The tie in the Italian elections is disappointing, not just for Italy but for Europe as a whole, the liberal daily Hospodářské noviny comments: » more


El Huffington Post - Spain | Monday, 25. February 2013

Italy votes for false messiah

The Italians have until this afternoon to elect a new parliament. But whoever emerges as the winner of the parliamentary election won't be in government for long, Silvia Ragusa predicts in the Spanish edition of the left-liberal online paper Huffington Post: » more


Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Friday, 22. February 2013

Markets' patience with Italy exhausted

European stock markets suffered heavy losses on Thursday. This is hardly surprising given the uncertain outcome of the elections in crisis-stricken Italy, the liberal-conservative business paper Il Sole 24 Ore laments: » more


Berlingske - Denmark | Thursday, 21. February 2013

Fear of Berlusconi making a comeback

The Italian parliamentary elections on Sunday will determine the fate of Italy and Europe, the liberal-conservative daily Berlingske believes: » more


Aamulehti - Finland | Friday, 22. February 2013

Europe's patient must recover

Italy can no longer afford to put urgently needed reforms on the back burner, the liberal daily Aamulehti writes: » more


Der Tagesspiegel - Germany | Friday, 22. February 2013

Europe fears Italian wake-up call

The elections that will take place in Italy on Sunday and Monday are in fact European, the liberal daily Tagesspiegel writes: » more


Spiegel Online - Germany | Thursday, 21. February 2013

Italy needs a grand coaltion

In the upcoming parliamentary elections on February 24 and 25, the Italians have the choice between a clown, a billionaire, an apparatchik and a professor who has no clue about politics, Wolfgang Münchau notes with amazement in his column on Spiegel Online. He puts his hopes in a grand coalition: » more


Turun Sanomat - Finland | Wednesday, 20. February 2013

Italy doesn't need empty promises

Italy's ex-prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is wooing the voters with generous promises in the run-up to the parliamentary elections. The liberal daily Turun Sanomat points out that Italy urgently needs to fix its budget: » more


Corriere della Sera - Italy | Tuesday, 19. February 2013

Unobjective campaign fuels distrust

The unobjective way in which the election campaign is being fought is causing the distrust of Italy to grow, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera criticises: » more


Libération - France | Monday, 18. February 2013

Italy's clown politicians deserve criticism

The warnings voiced by some European politicians against several leading candidates in the Italian election campaign are well justified, the liberal daily Libération contends: » more


Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Tuesday, 19. February 2013

Elections concern all of Europe nowadays

The rule about not interfering in the election campaigns of other countries is completely obsolete in these times of total economic interdependence, writes the left-liberal Süddeutsche Zeitung: » more


Le Soir - Belgium | Monday, 11. February 2013

Italians between reason and madness

Less than two weeks before Italy's parliamentary elections, the latest polls show former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi rapidly gaining ground against his centre-left rival Pier Luigi Bersani. The Italians must decide between two extremes, the left-liberal daily Le Soir contends: » more


Corriere della Sera - Italy | Monday, 4. February 2013

Berlusconi cheating with tax cuts

During an election campaign appearance on Sunday former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi promised that he would abolish a property tax on primary residences and refund the money paid for this tax. He said the four billion euro measure would be financed through signing a tax agreement with Switzerland. In other words, by encouraging people to evade taxes, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera notes derisively: » more


Avvenire - Italy | Friday, 1. February 2013

Mafia delighted to see opponents at odds

The prosecutor Antonio Ingroia from Palermo, who is the candidate of the newly formed left-leaning alliance Rivoluzione civile, has compared himself with the famous Mafia prosecutor Giovanni Falcone and said he is following in his footsteps. Other opponents of the Mafia have accused him of arrogance in making such a comparison. The Mafia is the party that stands to gain from this absurd row in the middle of the election campaign, the Catholic newspaper Avvenire: » more


 

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