Importance of the Italian Election Results for the Eurozone

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The 2013 Italian election has cast fresh concern over Italy’s ability to reduce its debts as it faces fresh elections or a weak government, with the pro-austerity Monti seemingly out of the picture. As the third biggest economy in the eurozone in 2012, reducing Italy’s US$2.5 trillion public debt has been a priority for the future of the eurozone as it is too large for a bailout. Endemic corruption, bureaucracy in business procedures and rigid labour laws are issues that also need addressing.

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