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Italy’s Next Leaders Face Grim Outlook as Draghi Stint Nears End

  • Center-right bloc has vowed to keep public finances sound
  • Debt, inflation, slowing growth, EU targets among challenges
Campaign posters for Giorgia Meloni at Rome's Termini main railway station on Sept. 5. 

Campaign posters for Giorgia Meloni at Rome's Termini main railway station on Sept. 5. 

Photographer: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

The winners of Italy’s Sept. 25 election will take charge of an economy still warm from a summer boom, but with darkening prospects.

High debt, an inflation shock, weak growth, a aging population and stubborn North-South disparities may greet the center-right coalition led by Brothers of Italy Leader Giorgia Meloni. Opinion polls before a blackout period showed her alliance with the most support.