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    Italians should back the constitutional reform – there is no guarantee this opportunity will arise again

Italians should back the constitutional reform – there is no guarantee this opportunity will arise again

As part of our series covering Italy’s constitutional referendum, scheduled for 4 December, Marco Simoni outlines a case for a Yes vote. He argues that the proposed reform would address a number of key institutional weaknesses in the country, and that by improving the functioning of Italian democracy, it would help establish proper accountability and trust in the political […]

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Beppe Grillo’s success is not a rejection of austerity, but a protest against the corruption and inefficiency of the Italian political system.

The success of Beppe Grillo’s ‘5 Stars Movement’ in Italy’s elections on the 24-25 February has been regarded by some commentators as a rejection of austerity by the Italian electorate. Marco Simoni argues that rather than rejecting austerity, Italian voters were primarily protesting against decades of economic stagnation, and a political system which is prone to corruption and clientelism. He […]

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