Italy: Why Business Is Cheering The Left's Win

Italians usually refer to Romano Prodi, the Bolognese economist turned politician, as "il Professore." Indeed, Prodi's careful way of expressing himself often seems more suited to the university than to the cynical, cutthroat world of Italian politics. During the recent electoral campaign, Prodi was ridiculed by opponents as a stodgy, colorless figure.

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