Ask most analysts and pundits about what the current problem with Italy is and you will likely get a one-word answer: Populism.
It is by no means an easy task to construct a majority coalition government which is representative of the March 4th electoral results.In terms of percentages and votes, there are two indisputable winners: the Five Star Movement (Movimento 5 Stelle, M5S) is by far the most voted party
Italy’s Five Star Movement (Movimento 5 Stelle, M5S) has both a short and a long history. Let’s begin with the short history.
It is part of a broad phenomenon called anti-establishment ideology, which is the backbone of populism.
Silvio Berlusconi is back at the centre of Italian politics, following a conviction for tax fraud and a public office ban. Two sets of causes may explain his return to the political arena: one “internal”, and one “external”. Before analysing these causes, a premise is essential.
Berlusconi is back because he never went away.
The elections of the new Parliament in Italy (March 4) take place this year around the fifth anniversary of the election of Pope Francis. It is not just a coincidence, but a reminder of a particular situation in Italy between February and March 2013: