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Corriere della Sera - Italy | Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Italy's parties fight each other relentlessly

The social democrats in Italy are moving to exclude Beppe Grillo's protest party Movimento 5 Stelle from the next elections by reforming the electoral law. For his part Grillo is pushing in parliament for ex-prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to be ousted from his Senate seat owing to a conflict of interests. Both sides are using the law to try and eliminate their political opponents, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera writes angrily: "The good news: politics has discovered that there is such a thing as the law. The bad news: the politicians are upending the law, turning it into a backhander for swiping at their poor opponents. The campaigns against Berlusconi and the Movimento 5 Stelle have in common that they want to sweep the two off the political stage for good. They also use the same instrument: not the vote but the veto is decisive, which is to be chiselled into the tablets of the law. … The law means dispensing with revenge, Adorno and Horkheimer said. But unfortunately they were wrong. In Italy the politicians turn even the law into a blunt instrument."

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