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  • Italy faces political turmoil that after former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi pulled his small party out off the ruling coalition, stripping it off a majority.

  • Now it's unclear what will happen, but it's hardly the best timing.

  • The country is mired in its worst recession since World War two.

  • It's also battling the second highest death toll in Europe in the ongoing health crisis.

  • Small businesses in Rome said leaders should be focused on helping them, not squabbling over power shops closed all the time, says this restaurant owner.

  • He says there's no time to wait for a new government, even if it proved to be an effective one.

  • Prime Minister Giuseppe Conti is playing his cards close to his chest.

  • He has said nothing since Renzi quit.

  • Italy watchers say one option is for him to cobble together a new grouping off so called responsible lawmakers.

  • But such a group could be fragile and hard to control.

  • If that doesn't work, Conte might have to swallow his pride and asked Renzi to return.

  • Though aides to the prime minister say reconciliation is impossible after bad blood between the two.

  • Whatever happens, most think it needs to happen quickly, probably leaving no time for a fresh election.

  • Italy is about to receive emergency EU funds totaling more than €200 billion or about $243 billion.

  • It needs a government that can decide what to do with the money.

Italy faces political turmoil that after former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi pulled his small party out off the ruling coalition, stripping it off a majority.

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    林宜悉 posted on 2021/01/16
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