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Italy's political future

2011-12-01

Queen’s University Italian politics expert Philip Giurlando is available to talk about Silvio Berlusconi’s legacy as well as the future of Italian politics under new Prime Minister Mario Monti.

“Mario Monti is not a panacea for Italy’s problem. His reforms still require the majority of parliament so his ability to make the necessary reforms is very much in doubt. Italy’s problems are not all gone just because Berlusconi has resigned. Berlusconi wasn’t the cause of Italy’s financial woes -- many people have been opposed to the necessary reforms. He is the symptom of a broader problem of groups that are unwilling to let go of their privileges and make the necessary sacrifices for the good of the country,” Mr. Giurlando said.

Mr. Giurlando has just returned from Italy after spending the past few months as a research fellow at University of Siena in Tuscany, Italy. He is currently writing a doctoral thesis at Queen's on Italy's entrance in the European Monetary Union (EMU).

Please note Mr. Giurlando is currently in Toronto.

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