Italy: Oops They Did It Again!

photograph courtesy of abschied
photograph courtesy of abschied

They’ve gone and done it again.

Italy is once again on shaky ground, as far as government is considered at least. This past Wednesday, Prime Minister Romano Prodi resigned following an unsuccessful vote. 

Prodi resigned after several of his governmental coalition partners opposed plans to deploy troops in Afghanistan and expand a U.S. airbase on Italian soil.

But wait! Late Thursday night the government agreed to a 12-point plan to back Prodi and keep him in power!

One could be forgiven for confusing this political drama with a television soap opera.

Might we be headed back to the bad old Berlusconi days, when things were at the very least a bit more—how shall we put this?—entertaining?

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Annie Shapero was born and raised in the cosmopolitan oasis of Columbia, Missouri. A call to the big city brought her to Chicago, where she pursued a degree at DePaul University's theatre conservatory. Four years of "rigorous, professional" training and a minor in Italian language led her to her next destination: Rome, a city of natural born tragedians with a flair for comedy. There she put her dreams of Broadway stardom on hold and took up a wild series of careers (including "marketing strategist" for an edible Egyptian insecticide). Eventually, she found her niche: writing for "WHERE Magazine Rome." When not in Rome, Annie hops about the Mediterranean, indulging in the local gastronomic and dance traditions. Ole´!
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