Growing concern in Italy as political gridlock causes government to remain open

3 Oct

ROME—fears mounted today as the Italian government remained open today, failing to collapse due to divisions in the center-right party.

“All of us were counting on a no-confidence motion that would have triggered a dissolution of the government,” said Ernani della’Chiere, political editor of La Repubblica. “Instead, it’s more slow news days, unemployed poll workers, and one dull labor-market reform after another.”

The gridlock occurred when Silvio Berlusconi’s party, which had been maneuvering to take down the government essentially in order to allow Berlusconi to stay out of jail, instead split, with a mutinous faction vowing to continue the government’s pro-growth reforms.

The prognosis was grim, with little prospect of a government collapse on the horizon. Some commentators said it could be months before the next spectacular flameout.

“This is a violation of everything Italy stands for,” said Berlusconi at an impromptu press conference outside a seedy hotel in Milan. His economic advisor, 19-year-old Alessandra Bontutti, confirmed that the situation was “terrible” and asked if anyone had seen her other shoe.

One Response to “Growing concern in Italy as political gridlock causes government to remain open”

  1. pboondoggles October 4, 2013 at 2:05 am #

    Probably left the other shoe with David Vitter


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