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Corriere della Sera - Italy | Tuesday, April 9, 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: "The world is upside-down: a freshly elected parliament that behaves as if it had been dissolved - no sign whatsoever of laws or policy guidelines. Nothing. … By contrast the government, whose time is up, is behaving like a young upstart. … It's a zombie democracy: with a dead man (the Monti government) that won't die and a living one (the 27th legislative period) that refuses to be born. And between the two, the president, the only viable institution, but lacking the necessary power. … The moral of the story is: parliamentarians, get to work! Otherwise you'll be dismissed without notice, and not by this president but by the next one."

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