Silvio Berlusconi’s latest bid for a political comeback set alarm bells ringing across Europe yesterday after the billionaire forced the resignation of Italy’s technocrat Government.
What collywobbles! The people might speak!
In a comment that was uncharacteristically critical of Mr Berlusconi, who had supported his Government until now, Mr Monti warned at the weekend of the dangers of populism.
Tsk, they might speak up for what they want rather than what they’re being given.
European policymakers expressed concern that Mr Monti’s reforms, which pulled Italy back from the brink, might be reversed. “The next elections must not serve as a pretext for putting in doubt how indispensable these measures are,” José Manuel Barroso, the President of the European Commission, told the newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore.
Just what Italians have always wanted, to be ruled by a Portuguese Maoist.