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Veteran Italian politician calls for overhaul

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Italian politician Emma Bonino first entered the chamber of deputies 35 years ago, and is now one of the four vice-presidents of the Italian Senate. She told euronews the Italian parliamentary system is in need of an overhaul.

“The parliament is a parliament of people who have been nominated by the secretaries of their parties, and so they have no autonomy. Because of that citizens are aware that it is necessary, but not sufficient, that Berlusconi leaves power.

We are in a situation where no institution is stable.

Parliament is a parliament of people who have been nominated, and who in turn nominate the Constitutional Court, who in turn nominate those who guarantee the institutions. It’s a system that is stuck in the past 30 years,” Bonino said.

“The crisis has been very badly managed because over the last two years, the Berlusconi government was first of all in denial, saying it was a ‘crisis of optimism’,” she went on. “Then they had under-estimated it, and in the end they threw in the towel in a country with a debt that’s 120 per cent of GDP, and certainly a country that is not reassuring the markets.”