January 2, 2013

New Year, New Italy?

Jonathan Hopkin, Foreign Affairs

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Prime Minister Mario Monti's recent resignation and former Prime Minister Silivio Berlusconi's return to politics are unlikely to be game changers. In fact, they are simply the latest examples of a broader problem in Italian politics: the inability of conservatives to build a credible political party.

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TAGGED: Eurozone, Europe, Silvio Berlusconi, Mario Monti, Italy


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