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Financial Times, 18 febbraio 2011
As the Arab world’s rolling revolution becomes bloodier and more tragic in Libya and Bahrain, autocrats who seem to have ruled forever are quaking. Perhaps elected autocrats should also be on guard. There is a European country that has many characteristics of the Arab world: a sclerotic economy, a culture worn down by corruption and organised crime, and a growing clash of generations. It is controlled by a gerontocratic ruling class entrenched in politics and business to the exclusion of its youth. Its best and brightest young people roam Europe as economic migrants. That country is Italy. It is a democracy, so the ageing consistory that runs the country should be replaceable. Yet it never is: the more elections Italy has, the less seems to change.