Analysis - Italy Near Breaking-point

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7 June was polling day for the Italians in their regional elections: a likely cue for further political disturbances and the halt of the fast waning economic boom. Italy has not yet passed its 100th birthday as a united nation, and in many ways it seems a nation at breaking-point.

Against the result of the regional elections. Analysis looks at the future of this country, often both the admiration and despair of other European societies.

Written by PETER NICHOLS of The Times in Rome. Produced in Rome by ROBERT FOX

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Written By: Peter Nichols