Enrico Letta named Italy's prime minister designate | World news | The Guardian
God. Letta's still technically deputy leader of the PD after Bersani decided he'd rather drink Hemlock than go in with Silvio. Now we have a situation where we're going to have grand coalition including Silvio's party. Letta says he's going to focus on the economy and political reform. I'm betting part of that reform is to provide immunity for sitting politicians from prosecution...Italy took a big step towards ending two months of political paralysis on Wednesday as Enrico Letta, the deputy leader of the centre-left Democratic party (PD), was named prime minister designate and tasked with forming a broad coalition government involving Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right party.
Speaking after a meeting with the newly re-elected president, Giorgio Napolitano, Letta said he would endeavour to muster enough support for a "government of service to the country" that would prioritise the economic struggles of ordinary Italians and move away from an EU-led focus on austerity policies he said were "no longer sufficient".
So now you've got left and right in govt together. How long can this possibly last? In Italy of all places?
I give it 8 months. I'm optimistic.