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Corriere della Sera - Italy | Tuesday, March 19, 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: "Bersani will hardly be able to repeat the success he achieved in being elected as the candidate of the centre-left alliance, head of the Senate and of the House of Representatives. How is he supposed to gain the votes of the 5 Stelle protest movement, which sees him as the embodiment of the old party apparatus? To win votes will take a 'homo novus' and a new regulation under which the leader of the strongest party doesn't automatically become the boss. … We don't need an apolitical government, but a non-partisan government led by people who can reflect all political cultures: a sum of partial identities, a government for all. … The government of a nation, not of a faction."

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