Comments on: Italy’s hybrid candidate: “Veltrusconi” http://blogs.reuters.com/global/2008/03/31/italys-hybrid-candidate-veltrusconi/ Beyond the World news headlines Wed, 16 Nov 2016 20:09:42 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Fred Sogno http://blogs.reuters.com/global/2008/03/31/italys-hybrid-candidate-veltrusconi/comment-page-1/#comment-58 Sun, 13 Apr 2008 16:52:21 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/global/2008/03/31/italys-hybrid-candidate-veltrusconi/#comment-58 This article is great. It is, in one word, the idea that Italians don’t really have a choice. Whatever the result of the elections, there is one thing we can be sure about: there will be no change.

No change Italians can believe in, to quote Obama. The two coalitions are closely related and include professional politicians who have been active for decades. They are old like their ideologies.

Italy is economically and socially in decline, and needs reform, as highhlighted by all the major international sources of information (IMF, Economist, WSJ, FT to cite a few). However, Italy is in the hands of a political class always more and more detached from the real needs of citizens. Beppe Grillo’s movement is a demonstration of the widespread malaise in every region of the country. The famous comic actor once argued that the only chance of survival for the country would have been for “Germany to invade us and start administrating Italy more efficiently”.

Unfortunately, it really looks to me that Italians don’t have a real choice here.

On top of the many already existing problems, we really didn’t need Veltrusconi around.

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