European editorialists were sceptical that the Italian government sworn in on Sunday, an unlikely alliance of bitter rivals, could survive very long and tackle the country's economic woes.
Herewith extracts from some leading European newspapers Sunday:
- The government "includes parts of the left and right, and leaders who have been trading accusations and insults for years." (Diario de Noticias - Portugal)
- "Nothing proves that the chemistry will work when faced with major reforms." (La Libre Belgique - Belgium)
- "The real challenges are yet to come". Prime Minister Enrico Letta "will have to beat scepticism from within his own party and win parliament's confidence before sailing out to battle on a ship made of broken parts." (El Pais - Spain)
- "Nobody believes that (Silvio) Berlusconi will not call the shots in the coalition, where his allies have the key jobs... If Letta disobeys, Berlusconi will pull his troops and fresh polls will be inevitable. Poor Italy." (Kurier - Austria)
- "Old white men have traditionally had the lead part in Italian politics... which is why one of the great pieces of news is that, for the first time, there is a black female minister." (De Telegraaf - Netherlands)