Giuliano Ferrara, founding editor the center-right daily Il Foglio, writes about the Italian election for Politico:
- The center-left Democrats have governed the country capably. Many of the structural reforms recommended by the EU have been implemented. Unemployment is falling. Incomes, investment and productivity are up. As a consequence… the party is highly unpopular.
- The anti-establishment Five Star Movement has failed over and over again, most spectacularly in the city government of Rome. So… they are the single most popular party.
- On the right, Silvio Berlusconi and Matteo Salvini have failed to provide the appearance of being anything but a motley crew hastily assembled around a patchy political program. And because of that… they are viewed as the safest, most responsible choice.