Italy’s political experiment

Italy’s Five Star Movement and the League this week named as prime minister a professor with little political experience, and financial markets showed signs of alarm at the coalition’s extravagant proposals. Here’s the best of our comment and analysis

If it were to crash out of the single currency and default, the damage would be huge

EU has opportunity to disprove that it blocks alternative economic policies

Political change is more unnerving than the country’s economy

Investors are alarmed that Italy’s new coalition will flout eurozone fiscal rules

Complacency about the rise of populists is typical of failing political systems

Five Star and the League may find the Italian constitution blocks their fiscal plan

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