Italian Elections

Nice graphic from the Guradian, which illustrates five potential scenarios of Italy’s elections slated for Sunday and Monday.   We think the editors at Bloomberg nail it as Italians prepare to vote in one of their country’s most important elections,

Italian voters have the unenviable task next week of choosing among two populist clowns, a politically challenged academic and the leader of an unpredictable coalition of the left.

We aren’t Italians, so we don’t get a vote. We have a stake, nonetheless: If Italy gets this wrong, it may put back into question the future of its economy and the survival of the euro, sapping what life remains in the global economy.

None of the choices are good, but some are terrible:

We hope that Italians don’t turn out in big numbers for the two entertainers — former stand-up comedian Beppe Grillo and three-time Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi — both of whom were surging in opinion polls two weeks ago.

Click graphic to enlarge.

Feb21_Italian Elections

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