Things that usually happen in a banana republic and in Italy

by Lorenzo Piccoli

In Italy the issue seems non-existent, but the UMP’s controversial election in France is a big headline here. For the chronicles, amid allegedly falsified results, disappearing ballots, polling stations with higher tallies than registered voters, and both candidates declaring victory, Jean-Francois Copé has been elected UMP leader, winning over former prime minister Francois Fillon.