At the Euro Summit today, Friday 29 June, Leaders of Eurozone countries will discuss the proposed programme of limited reforms agreed by Germany and France at a recent bilateral meeting. It is important for countries such as Ireland to understand changes in the approach of both countries to EMU reform since the crisis.
In these complementary blogs, IIEA Future of EU27 Group Member and Former Head of the European Parliament Office in Dublin, Francis Jacobs, and IIEA EU Affairs Researcher, Darragh Moriarty, consider the outcome of the Italian General Election of 4 March 2018, analyse its implications and look ahead to what the results might mean for the formation of the next Italian government and the impact this will have on Italy’s role in the EU.
This blog analyses the state of play in Italian politics in advance of the 4 March 2018 elections, looking at the breakdown of the left, and the development of pre-election coalitions. It also examines rise of the Five Star Movement, paying particular attention to its ability to draw support from the far-right and far-left. Finally, the blog looks ahead to the possible outcomes of the election.