Italian Left Restless After Disappointing Election Result

Pier Luigi Bersani
Pier Luigi Bersani addresses a Democratic Party congress in Rome, January 17 (Ilaria Prili)

Florence mayor Matteo Renzi has questioned his party’s leader Pier Luigi Bersani’s attempts to form a government in Italy less than a month after the left failed to secure a majority in both houses of parliament.

Bersani’s Democratic Party won a majority of the seats in the lower chamber of parliament in February but not in the Senate, where former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s right-wing alliance claimed nearly as many seats.

Bersani has ruled out a grand coalition with the conservatives and courted Beppe Grillo’s anti-establishment Five Star Movement instead with a promise to present a program that his members could support. Read more “Italian Left Restless After Disappointing Election Result”