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Italy forms new government — without Beppe Grillo

posted at 11:48 am on April 27, 2013 by

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.

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Hopefully this helps avoid the second coming of Mussolini, which Grillo had been accused of being on several occasions. Of course, this could exacerbate the problem too.

vegconservative on April 27, 2013 at 12:26 PM

I can never tell…is his clown nose on, or off?

squint on April 27, 2013 at 1:37 PM

The beatings will continue until spending is reduced.

Count to 10 on April 27, 2013 at 1:40 PM

I suspect that Grillo is no fool, and I expect this “government” too last only marginally longer than any other Italian Government…

THEN we shall see what Grillo does….

Mind you I’m not a big fan of Fascism or authoritarianism or comedians in government, but Italy seems to be headed towards at least one of those outcomes.

Personally, I expect the good burghers of Denmark, Holland and Germany to IMPOSE, “good governance” on Southern Europe. In the beginning via “technocratic governments” like Monti’s, but in the end via financial and possible physical coercion.

I really don’t see the Good Trans-national Progressives of Northern Europe tolerating Southern European “laziness,” but I don’t think they’ll give up either the Euro or the European Project, so what has to go to the wall is local democracy…

We WILL, or rather, “Vee VILL make you better Europeanz, or you VILL die trying.”

JFKY on April 27, 2013 at 2:37 PM

The beatings will continue until spending is reduced.

Count to 10 on April 27, 2013 at 1:40 PM

In which case the beatings will never so much as slow down.

Steve Eggleston on April 27, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Good. That fat little fascist thug needs some downtime.

MadisonConservative on April 27, 2013 at 11:37 PM

I live in Italy and get to see this first hand. The Cinque Stelle (5 stars) party never really had a platform, except that they were against the graft and corruption that is a fairly normal part of Italian politics. Since they don’t have any plans, the other two parties did the practical thing to avoid a government shutdown.

The 5 Stars kids are essentially the OWS kids, plus some anarchists and a few truly concerned Italians. They see little to no progress up to this point, and many Italians think Monti’s reforms were too strict and too fast. Not wrong, just too sudden. Not sure i agree with that; if the Titanic was sinking, I wouldn’t argue about how fast to lower the lifeboats.

This latest change will allow the government to function, but that may turn out to be a dubious advantage. Immediate reforms are needed, and the entitlements system needs to be completely changed. There simply aren’t enough people paying enough taxes for all of the pensioners. Cost cutting AND tax increases are needed.

I’m just sitting on the deck chairs watching it sink. Germany has already suggested the other countries surrender their sovereignty to the EU (I.e., Germany).

This is an object lesson for America. Pay attention!

Bigurn on April 28, 2013 at 11:27 AM

I’m sure this will work out just fine. /s

forest on April 29, 2013 at 7:56 AM