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The near three-month-long improvisations on a theme of governance ended Thursday with the announcement of an administration headed by Giuseppe Conte, a law professor with no government experience tasked with running a Cabinet controlled by the leaders of the two parties which form that administration – a signal of weak, divided and warring politics at the summit of power for the foreseeable future.The current occupant of the presidential Quirinal Palace, President Sergio Mattarella, had denied the populist parties that won a majority of votes in Italy's last election entrance to government because he deems them too hostile to the European Union and the euro to be trusted to lead the country.In his decision's favor was the lingering, if weakened, attachment of Italians to the European Union and the euro, and the likely dire consequences of leaving the currency.Business, banks and the financial and industrial establishment greatly fear any government not committed to what they see as Italy's destiny within the EU, of which it was a founder member. Italy's economy, third-largest in the eurozone, is not strong.
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