Večer on Newly Formed Italian Government

Titling its column "Italian (dis)continuity, the Maribor daily Večer writes that predictions about duration of the new Italian government are more optimistic than ever before. Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi's predictions about his government to hold on for at least five years, that is for the official duration of the governing coalition deputies' mandate, could be fulfilled if the radical communists keep their promise not to obstruct the government and if the government succeeds in reducing the high unemployment rate in the country, the daily writes. If the government decentralizes, if not federalizes, the country, it can gain support of at least one part of the Northern League. Along with stabilizing economy to fulfil the Maastricht criteria, these are two exceptionally and most difficult goals to achieve, Večer says.

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