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Italy’s right to make the wrong choice

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The Italian crisis is over, and has just begun. Its dimensions go far beyond Italy; they are now European, even global. The near three-month long improvisations on a theme of governance ended with the announcement of an administration headed by Giuseppe Conte, a law professor with no government experience tasked with running a cabinet controlled by the leaders of the two parties which form that administration – a signal of weak, divided and warring politics at the summit of power for the foreseeable future.

It also reveals something deeper: The chronic inability of the Italian state to find a political floor solid enough to undertake the changes necessary to put the country – all of it, not just the wealthy north – on the road to modernization.

The current occupant of the presidential Quirinal Palace, President Sergio Mattarella, had denied the populist parties that won a majority of votes in Italy’s last election entrance to government because he deems them too hostile to the European Union and the euro to be trusted to lead the country. He then reversed that decision after a few cosmetic changes were made, and allowed the first fully populist government in a major European Union state to take over.

Mattarella had vetoed the choice for economics minister, the 81-year-old economist Paolo Savona, because the latter had once called for Italy’s........

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