What the editorials said
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”.