Prospect of early Italian elections spooks EU

"Give us full powers to save Italy" - that is the constant refrain of Mr Matteo Salvini, the leader of the anti-immigrant League, seen here speaking to the media on Monday. PHOTO: REUTERS
"Give us full powers to save Italy" - that is the constant refrain of Mr Matteo Salvini, the leader of the anti-immigrant League, seen here speaking to the media on Monday. PHOTO: REUTERS

Italy's politicians are still arguing over the date of a parliamentary vote of no-confidence in the government, potentially paving the way for new elections, barely a year after the last national ballots were held.

Italy is accustomed to political mayhem. The country has experienced 58 different prime ministers since the end of World War II in 1945; by comparison, Britain had just 15 prime ministers over the same period, and Germany only eight different government leaders.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 14, 2019, with the headline 'Prospect of early Italian elections spooks EU'. Print Edition | Subscribe