La Bella Italia – that's history now. Italy is plagued by high debt, youth unemployment, corruption and a decrepit bureaucracy. The government hopes to boost stability and efficiency through constitutional reforms.
Since the new Italian government assumed power, EU President Jean-Claude Juncker seems to have taken a position of respectful distance. He says he does not want to see a repeat of the situation with Greece.
Italy will be jointly governed by right-wing and left-wing populists. The country may be headed for turbulent times, particularly with regard to its economy, and that chaos could spread to the EU, says Barbara Wesel.
Despite Italy's political turmoil, most people in the country want the election-winning populists to form a government and get to work. They're eager to see the political establishment pack up and leave.
Italy's would-be coalition partners need more time to thrash out a government deal. Based on the 5-Star Movement's rule in Parma, locals have little hope for success on a national level, as Megan Williams discovered.
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