Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Positions of Italy’s parties.
Italy has entered pre-electoral territory. The key issues are growth, jobs, public investment and immigration -- all of which affect Italy’s strained relationship with the EU.
- The blocked takeover of France’s STX shipyard by an Italian company could intensify Rome's disappointment with other EU member states.
- Tensions over electoral reform may drive MPs out of Gentiloni’s coalition and to the greater electoral safety of Forza Italia.
- Another centrist coalition would risk alienating voters, given the EU-imposed policy straightjacket.