December 31, 2012

Mario Monti's Chances

The Economist, The Economist

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Admired by his fellow-European leaders and revered in the markets he may be. But -- viewed from within Italy -- Mario Monti’s chances of remaining prime minister after the next general election have never looked particularly bright. Now that his strategy for re-election is clear, they look dimmer.

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