Democracy is overrated: Francis Underwood would turn pale in front of Italian politics.

Francis Underwood would not survive half an hour Italian politics.

His manipulative skills would be worth less than nothing in modern Italy, the Terza Repubblica of Machiavellian cons, fearless fights for power and silent slaughters for the premiership.

Amid economic turbulences, industrial stagnation and sky-rocketing unemployment, Rome’s politics is mainly focused in appointing the third Prime minister in a row that hasn’t undergone a democratic election.

Earlier in 2011, Italy had super Mario Monti to reduce deficit and keep the country away from the bull’s eye of economic disaster after years of Berlusconi’s dubious laissez-faire ; then Enrico Letta was the only hope for a government of national unity. For inexplicable reasons, Letta resigned last Friday to allow the mayor of Florence, Matteo Renzi, to step in as the new Prime minister.

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Matteo Renzi
new Italian PM
aka the Fonz

Renzi, also known as the Fonz for his easy smile and leather jackets, is a 39 year old ruthless politician that had previously pledged to seek power via an election, but last week engineered the removal of the sitting Prime Minister Letta by calling a vote for his removal at a meeting of their Democratic Party.

Of course Renzi, who will be sworn in as PM in the next 48 hours, adopted the Machiavellian quote “I am not interested in preserving the status quo. I want to overthrow it” but it seems he’s been perpetuating the same perfidious strategy of his predecessors during the darkest age of the Republic.

Democracy is overrated, but please wake us up from this nightmare that resembles too much the Italian version of House of Cards.

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Bye Bye, Silvio.

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Silvio Berlusconi dealing with State deficit. Courtesy of ansa.it

Silvio Berlusconi, the media tycoon that monopolized Italian politics for the last 20 years with his personal problems, is now out of the Parliament.

Not because he decided to spontaneously step down as any public figure would do if facing tax fraud convictions, sex with minors accusations, bribery and close ties with mafia charges.

The Italian Senate had to spend four months arguing whether he was eligible or not for a parliamentarian seat when the economic situation in the old country doesn’t seem to be that bright at the moment (at least Italians are not self-injecting HIV virus to get State benefits as it is happening in other parts of Europe).

Now that Berlusconi is out, and his resuscitated Forza Italia party will threaten elections every single hour of the day from here to March, what it is going to happen to the sexy Italian politics we were used to?

What will the masterminds in Rome produce in order to entertain Italians and distract them from the very problems that afflict the country? Chronic public debt, corruption, increasing taxation and linear cuts on public services among others.

Given that every Italian, tomorrow morning at the café, would swear they have never voted for Berlusconi in their lives (everything accompanied by, of course, a disgusted grim on their faces and a slow, dismissive movement of their hands) I’m pretty sure that tonight, in the secrecy of their bedrooms, Italians will recollect bits and pieces of these past 20 years: all the Berlusconi’s gaffes during international meetings, his inappropriate comments on gays and girls, his coup de theatre and his judiciary problems treated as State priorities and they will smile.

In the end, we all had fun.

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