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    Default Enrico Letta to be Italy's new Prime Minister. How long will this government last?

    Enrico Letta named Italy's prime minister designate | World news | The Guardian

    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".
    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...

    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sync View Post
    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...

    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.
    It is unfortunate Spitting Image are not still on the air. They would have a field day with this one.

    This will go one of two ways.

    1. it will be the calmest government ever as no one will want to say a thing in case all hell breaks loose.

    2. all hell will break loose at some point and will have more sparks, fires, mayhem and chaos that a Carry On film.



    I would love to see the reactions from the ECB, IMF, etc, to this one.

    Nigel Farage will think it is xmas.

    This promises to be pure entertainment.

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    Ah, it'll last for ages....sure the Italians don't have a history of unstable governments..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sync View Post
    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...

    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.
    Most of Italy's post war history, up until the collapse of the Christian Democrats and the Socialists in the 1990s, involved grand coalitions designed to keep the Communists out. This new alliance is hardly revolutionary for them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountaintop View Post
    Ah, it'll last for ages....sure the Italians don't have a history of unstable governments..
    I am kicking myself that my graphics computer is already back in Ireland.

    Seriously I think when I get back if this government still exists, I will cartoon it

    If this lasts more than a month, the Pope will probably declare it a miracle.

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    It won't last when the time is opportune or when he gets into legal trouble Berlusconi will collapse the government.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sync View Post
    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...

    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.
    I bet 50 euro that it would collapse within a year...............god, I hope it does, because I don't have 50 euro.................

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    There have been 50 Italian government since 1945.

    I'd give this one 16 months max.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gerhard dengler View Post
    There have been 50 Italian government since 1945.

    I'd give this one 16 months max.
    Basically, an average post-war Italian government lasts less than a year and five months......

    They're fukked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nemesiscorporation View Post

    If this lasts more than a month, the Pope will probably declare it a miracle.
    If it happened, I would kill myself laughing.

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