New government to form in Italy
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New government to form in Italy

Following the resignation of a number of ministers, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi “plans to resign to form a new government, bowing to an ally’s demands for change after losing 11 out of 13 regional elections two weeks ago,” according to a Bloomberg report.

One of the ministers who resigned on April 15, Rocco Buttiglione, is a member of the Acton Institute’s Board of Advisors. Mr. Buttiglione received the Faith & Freedom Award from the institute after withdrawing his nomination to the European Commission, in the face of withering criticism for his religious views from rival politicians, secularists and the media.

“There will be a second Berlusconi government that adheres to the policies indicated by our party,” Rocco Buttiglione, who is also the president of the Union of Christian Democrats.

Bloomberg further reports that the shake-up is due to conflicts over varous policies, including taxes. “The Union of Christian Democrats, the third-biggest party in the four-way coalition, and the National Alliance, the second- biggest, oppose Berlusconi’s plan to cut income taxes and boost spending on public works to help growth. Instead they are demanding business-tax reductions and aid to Italy’s depressed south.”

Update: In a surprising move, PM Berlusconi has decided not to resign, and instead his government will face a no-confidence vote later this week.

Jordan J. Ballor

Jordan J. Ballor (Dr. theol., University of Zurich; Ph.D., Calvin Theological Seminary) is director of research at the Center for Religion, Culture & Democracy, an initiative of the First Liberty Institute. He has previously held research positions at the Acton Institute and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and has authored multiple books, including a forthcoming introduction to the public theology of Abraham Kuyper. Working with Lexham Press, he served as a general editor for the 12 volume Abraham Kuyper Collected Works in Public Theology series, and his research can be found in publications including Journal of Markets & Morality, Journal of Religion, Scottish Journal of Theology, Reformation & Renaissance Review, Journal of the History of Economic Thought, Faith & Economics, and Calvin Theological Journal. He is also associate director of the Junius Institute for Digital Reformation Research at Calvin Theological Seminary and the Henry Institute for the Study of Christianity & Politics at Calvin University.