Breathing new life into Italy

February 27, 2013

Italy needs new blood, but that is the one thing it is certain not to get in the country’s upcoming elections that have resembled a popularity poll for aging—many thought politically-dead—statesmen, with TV soundbites providing an endless background drone in millions of homes otherwise depressed by a stagnant economy and systemic lack of opportunity.

With one of the most fragmented political systems in Europe, Italians can choose between a dizzying array of 215 parties, including the ‘Black Rose’ movement which supports right-wing gay rights, and the ‘Ordinary Guy Front’. The names of many such groups, displayed along the hallway of the Interior Ministry in Rome, reveal what many Italians think of the state of their nation— and whom they hold responsible.

Yet it seems likely that the ‘Stop Taxes and Bank’ movement and ‘Half the Salaries of Politicians’ will be little more than a weak pro… [more]

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