Why is Italy so difficult to govern? | on video

Italy has a chronic problem of political instability and volatility. In the last 76 years, the country has had 67 different governments. And in the last 20, Silvio Berlusconi has been the only prime minister able to hold office for more than two years in a row. Why is Italy so difficult to govern? In the video that accompanies this piece of news, EL PAÍS analyzes the reasons for Italy’s turbulent governance together with its correspondent in this country, Daniel Verdú.

To an Electoral Law that does not reward majorities and a perfect bicameral system defined after the death of Mussolini to avoid the rise of totalitarianism, another problem endemic to Italian politics is added: the transfugismo. From Verdú’s point of view, it is one of the main causes of the political instability that the country has historically dragged on, which is aggravated by the lack of stigma and parliamentary criminalization. Despite this, in Italy the very complex map of parties, platforms and political blocs does not hinder the formation of governments, here there is an enormous capacity to reach coalition agreements. The problem usually comes within coalitions, as in the case of Mario Draghi’s Unity Executive, which ended up breaking down due to friction and discrepancies expressed by the Five Star Movement.

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