That’s nice of them, isn’t it?

Mattarella’s decision set off a chain of events that roiled Italian markets: Conte resigned as prime minister-in waiting and new elections appeared to be imminent, worrying markets and officials in Brussels. Their concern was that new elections could strengthen populist gains in Italy, leading to even greater uncertainty about the country’s future in the eurozone.

If your finance minister threatens the EU and the euro then you can’t have him. But if having elections to sort this out threatens the EU and the euro then we’ll change tack so you don’t have them.

There’s a little batsqueak somewhere telling me this isn’t quite how democracy should work really.

15 thoughts on “That’s nice of them, isn’t it?”

  1. Did someone mention democracy? Oh, that’s so very last century! Post-democratic’s where it’s at now.

  2. So Much For Subtlety

    I wonder. I would think that the Queen does have a quiet word every now and then. But she is much better at her job than the Italian President, she probably does know what she is talking about and she does not do it in public.

  3. The EU is about to go into melt-down:

    Brexit, mass immigration, the East sticking their middle finger up to mass immigration and they are not going to back down, Italy – inside – a disaster, Italy out – worse and the warning to the others of the absolute arrogance of our betters and masters re voting in the Nation State….. Greece has not been solved, the Scandis are waking up to the reality of vibrant multicultural immigration and if Hungary etc refuse…

    Just the right time to weigh in with a really agressive ‘offer’ the Brussels Boys ‘can’t’ refuse. Unfortunately May is not the man for the job. (can I say that?)


    What a fucking terrible shame for the EU-scum eh?

    I am warming to the Ities by the hour. God Bless ’em.

  5. So Much For Subtlety

    You have to give the Italians credit where it is due – their clowns are better than our professional politicians.

  6. Populism = normal citizens thinking for themselves and demonstrating their preferences.

    The EU cant have that now can they?

  7. I think the plan is to keep shouting that populism is a terrible terrible thing until enough people agree, after which they can admit that populism and democracy are the same thing.

  8. Hilariously, the compromise deal involves making him EU minister instead of finance minister.

  9. Bloke in Costa Rica

    If the Italians had any backbone Mattarella would’ve been upside down outside a petrol station next to his popsie.

  10. @BiND For a soi-disant ‘populist’, Macron is not actually very popular. He got under 25% of the vote on the first ballot and, on the second, a third of French voters thought Marine Le Pen would make a better president. The idea that he’s wildly popular is a canard of the Anglo press (probably fooled by the sighs of relief coming from the Berlaymont when he was elected).

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