Italy’s election on Monday left the country in political chaos with no clear solution for managing its crippling fiscal crisis. Center-left party leader Pier Luigi Bersani is claiming the top post but will lack majority control in Parliament. Without the legislative body’s full support, Bersani’s push for continued austerity measures could falter. Senior Fellow Domenico Lombardi say this uncertainty is deeply troubling for the EU leadership.
[The AfD's] sheer existence makes two-way coalitions on the national level almost impossible. We are looking at the possibility of protracted coalition negotiations and an inward-looking German capital at a time when I would argue German responsibility in Europe is urgently needed. That is one significant impact the AfD has, whether it is in the opposition or not.