Italy’s new government

by Lorenzo Piccoli

Two months after the elections we finally have a government. It remains to be seen whether it will get a majority vote in the Parliament, but everything seems to indicate it will.

On paper this looks like a government that can strike a good balance between old and new names, more and less experienced politicians, different coalitions. Yet, this remains the fundamental question: how can two coalitions with completely different programs govern together? The parties who are now represented in the government have opposite ideas with regards to the electoral law, civil rights, social policy, economic policy, financial regulations, fiscal policy, tax evasion, conflict of interest, even foreign and defence policy.