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Italy's Election Explained

Chatham House, London

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Professor Francesco Caselli, Norman Sosnow Professor of Economics, LSE
Beppe Severgnini OBE, Columnist, Corriere della Sera
Dr Marco Simoni, Member, National Executive, Italia Futura
Chair: John Lloyd, Contributing Editor, Financial Times


The panel will offer their thoughts on Italy's unexpected election results, which saw disappointment for Pier Luigi Bersani's centre-left, rejuvenation for former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, and the meteoric rise of comedian Beppe Grillo's anti-establishment Five Star Movement.

The speakers will explore the frustrations and concerns of Italian voters and the implications of the election for economic recovery in Italy and Europe. They will also consider the dynamics of forming a coalition from these results and what the new government's priorities should be once in power.

This event will be followed by a reception at 19:00.