What the ed­i­to­ri­als said

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The long­est cri­sis in the his­tory of Italy’s repub­lic is at an end, said Cor­riere della Sera (Mi­lan). Af­ter a “roller-coaster ride of twists and turns”, and an un­prece­dented con­sti­tu­tional show­down, we’ve en­tered a new po­lit­i­cal world, led by a “strange” new ad­min­is­tra­tion. Strange in­deed, said The Times. The two rul­ing par­ties share al­most noth­ing ex­cept their Euroscep­ti­cism and in­ex­pe­ri­ence of gov­ern­ment. But the frus­tra­tions that led peo­ple to vote for them – high un­em­ploy­ment, high lev­els of il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion, chronic re­gional dis­par­i­ties – are real enough. These have cre­ated a frus­tra­tion with Brus­sels that could even­tu­ally “un­der­mine the foun­da­tions of the euro”.

If the EU wants to avert dis­as­ter, it may start by show­ing more tact, said The Daily Tele­graph. It was rash of Euro­pean Com­mis­sion pres­i­dent Jean-claude Juncker to in­sist that the so­lu­tion to the prob­lems of Italy’s poor south lies not in Brus­sels, but in “more work and less cor­rup­tion” from Ital­ians. Given its own “in­abil­ity to em­brace re­form, the EU shouldn’t dish out lazy an­swers to prob­lems that it has helped to cre­ate and per­pet­u­ate”.

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