The un-sustainability of public finances is an issue that Italy can’t manage to tackle since the Seventies of last century. On September 1, 1974, Italy had to borrow from West Germany the money needed to stave off complete collapse
Perhaps it’s not by chance that Italy is home to a quarter million lawyers, Europe’s highest number relative to population. It’s very common here for an even minor business controversy to end up before court and stay there over years.
Christopher Prentice, the UK ambassador in Italy, when asked at a popular television talk show by the anchor whether Berlusconi, Bersani and Monti were the same from Great Britain standpoint, very candidly noted that “Signor Grillo” name too is part of the country top political leaders. Mister Grillo 5 Stars movement