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Italy’s failing coalition could be an opportunity for the left

By Autumn, several million Italians will be left feeling disenfranchised. Could their minds be changed on Europe?

By Alessio Colonnelli  

Lega Nord Leader, Matteo Salvini, following statements to the press. Photo: PA

On Sunday 27 May, we had a practical example of what the job of a head of state in a parliamentary republic is like. Italy’s president Sergio Mattarella made it clear he isn’t just a notary when he refused to accept the new populist coalition’s pick for economy minister, Paolo Savona.

Savona—a former Bank of Italy director, university professor and erstwhile industry minister—is a renowned anti-EU theoretician, although he has toned down his criticism a bit over…

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