Italian political parties fight to keep public funding

The Italian Parliament is currently discussing the Government-backed Bill to abolish the public funding to political parties.

As many as 150 amendments have been proposed, putting the Bill at risk of never being approved. Furthermore, the main political parties supporting the Letta Government disagree on how the Bill should be modified.

There is some suspicion that the political parties are simply trying to do nothing (something that in Italy is called ‘fare melina’) and just keep their financing.

After the recent scandals and embarrassments, however, the Government looks unwilling to allow such an outcome, and is threatening to simply abolish the public funding by decree.


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