As polling approaches in Italy on February 24 and 25, it is becoming clearer that the economy will play a key role in deciding the general election. All three major political blocks – headed by Pier Luigi Bersani, Silvio Berlusconi and Mario Monti – are trying to lure voters by promising sound economic policy and the end of austerity. Here is a critical account of their promises and what can be expected from whoever is the eventual victor.

PIER Luigi Bersani has the toughest job of the three main politicians fighting Italy’s general election. He has to persuade moderate voters that his centre-left coalition will not make the country’s economy worse.


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Professor Enrico Colombatto
His view is that everyone - the rich proportionately more than the poor - must contribute to the common good at a time of emergency. The linchpin of his vision is the introduction of an annual property tax on top of current property taxes
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