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Rocco Polin: The end of the “ventennio”? Italy and the epilogue of Berlusconi’s era

The break up of Berlusconi’s party on November the 16th is a clear sign that his twenty-year long hegemony over Italian politics is coming to an end. What will come next is, however, still very uncertain: while some dream of a new Christian-Democratic party and the end of bipolar competition, others hope for a majoritarian electoral law and strongly oppose any centrist project. In such a difficult and uncertain situation, the national unity government seems unable to approve any meaningful reform, and stability is becoming an end in itself. While Berlusconi’s days may be numbered, Italy’s problems are still far from finding a solution.

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