Italy forms new government — without Beppe Grillo
posted at 11:48 am on April 27, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
Subhed: Comedians hardest hit. The political mess in Italy, which had threatened the Euro, appears to have been resolved, with the two establishment parties forming a center-Left government that leaves populist comedian Beppe Grillo out in the cold:
Mr Letta, deputy leader of the centre-left Democratic Party (PD), was asked on Wednesday to forge a coalition.
It will include former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s People of Freedom party (PDL).
But Mr Berlusconi says he will not be a minister.
The swearing in of the new government will take place on Sunday at 11:30 local time (09:30 GMT).
The formation of the new government brings to an end a political deadlock that has unnerved financial markets since February’s inconclusive election.
Grillo offered his analysis of the new partnership:
The third strongest force to emerge from the Italian election, the Five Star movement led by former comedian, Beppe Grillo, has refused to take part in a coalition with the two main parties.
He likened such a coalition to “an orgy worthy of the best of bunga bunga” in a barb directed at Mr Berlusconi’s renowned private parties.
Grillo’s act seems to be wearing a bit thin after his refusal to work with anyone in actually governing. If this new government can’t find a way to enact reforms and get economic growth restarted in Italy, though, Grillo may end up in the best possible position in the next election — with absolutely no responsibility for any further failures.