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Becoming Italian PM would be a pyrrhic victory for Matteo Renzi | Francesco Grillo | Comment is free | theguardian.com

Undoubtedly, Renzi's decision appears to contradict the single most important thing that has characterised his politics so far, which has been to attack anyone who dares to govern without a direct mandate from the people. Yet this is exactly what he is doing on the basis of a deal done inside his party; he has declared himself an enemy of coalitions cobbled together between parties that ought to be competing in the electoral arena. Yet the alliance that will support his government is exactly that.

What is frankly difficult to understand is how Renzi can preach that only by implementing institutional reform will Italy ever have a government strong enough to achieve radical reforms, when he is about to attempt even more dramatic changes supported by a very weak majority.

Renzi is setting himself up for a mission impossible. He faces three main challenges: to overcome the economic crisis and start creating new jobs for the armies of young unemployed; to push a new electoral law through parliament to end political paralysis; and to bring about institutional reforms to streamline decision making. However, rising to each of these challenges depends on the continuous support of each of his three main enemies.

The author continues with austerity true-believerism, but the above exposes Renzi's hollowness IMO.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Feb 14th, 2014 at 02:32:26 PM EST
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