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Lamberto Dini is finito, but don’t write him off. Signor Dini is proof that elected politicians don’t count any more in Europe. He’s a caretaker prime minister in a non-government which is in charge of the presidency of the EU for the next six months.

The former deputy of the Italian central bank was prime minister of Italy for more than a year. That’s longer than most of his 50 predecessors, but not long enough for Lamberto, a US-educated heavy-weight. He wants to stay on during Italy’s presidency, which ends in June. Italy’s politicians don’t like the idea, but they…

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