Wall Street Journal warns of post-election 'chaos' in Italy
Berlusconi, Grillo 'have muddied the waters'22 February, 16:45
The return of ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi, the rise of Genoa comedian Beppe Grillo and his anti-establishment Five Star Movement, and the "disappointing showing" of outgoing technocrat Premier Mario Monti's new centrist and reformist platform Civic Choice "have muddied the waters in an election that two months ago many had hoped would usher in a strong, stable government," the daily wrote.
"Two days before the polls open, that hope has withered". The centre-left Democratic Party (PD) led by Pier Luigi Bersani was still likely to poll most votes and lead a new government, the WSJ said.
"But what kind of parliamentary majority the new government can count on - and therefore how effective it will be in fixing Italy's jammed economy and inspiring its dejected citizens - is another matter," it added. Much will depend on the undecided voters and those who will abstain, which polls suggest could be as many as 20% of the electorate.