Italy's parliamentary elections ended on Sunday in what appears to be a hung parliament, a  draw that could prevent the formation of a coalition government and thus to new elections.

Italian daily La Repubblica on Monday summarised the situation, saying, "The country is living in permanent instability, ungovernability is now an endemic disease".

About half of the Italian electorate voted for parties that were only recently marginal protest groups led by maverick figures such as Beppe Grill...


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