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Italian elections: As tangled as spaghetti

Europe’s inevitable rise as a distinct global power centre, given China’s rise, Russia’s aggression and loss of US appetite for global leadership, is being hindered by the indeterminate outcome of Italy’s elections.
The good news, even as Italy’s voters registered their dissatisfaction with establishment politics by voting for a new party founded by a clown, the anti-establishment Five Star Movement, former prime minister Berlusconi’s centre-right Forza Italia and the far-right and Eurosceptic Northern League, is that, in Germany, the Social Democratic Party (SPD) finally declared its willingness to back Angela Merkel for a fourth term as Chancellor.
A weakened Merkel, working with ambitious Emmanuel Macron of France, will have to rally the Europeans without much help from the Italians. But the Italian voter revolt, driven largely by economic mismanagement and migration, has not been decisive enough.
While the Five Star Movement has emerged as the single-largest party on the strength of its showing in poorer south, it lacks the numbers to form the government. The big gainer has been the right-wing alliance comprising former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s centre-right Forza Italia and the far-right.
The Northern League has made gains in broad swathes of the country’s north, while the populist Five Star Movement, an insurgent protest party founded by comedian Beppe Grillo in 2009, is expected to have a key role in shaping the next government in Rome.
With no party or alliance in a position to form government on its own, the nature of permutations and combinations that emerge remains to be seen. A period of uncertainty lies ahead for Europe’s third-largest economy as political parties try stitching up a coalition.

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