A giant sinkhole has opened up under the feet of the Italian Left, as the explosive results of this election have shown. And no one is going to fill it. Instead, to use an expression proverbial for Roman roads, they will just pave over it. We will make a few observations “from the Left,” even as the Left we have known does not exist anymore.
First of all, regarding non-voters: The turnout of 73 percent certainly beat expectations, but it was a little worse than in the 2013 elections, as 27 percent of eligible voters did not vote. These non-voters are the true second-largest Italian “party,” who will not get any seats in government.
Many from traditional left-wing areas did not turn out (for instance, how many readers of il manifesto ended up not voting?). What left-wing proposals were apparently rejected by voters, and what were those proposed by the Democratic Party of the so-called (if we must) “center-left”? They were, of course, nothing more than the big issues, from the presence in Europe and in the Eurozone to employment, rights being refused (the ius solis), immigration, public spending and military spending—issues and proposals which, at least in an ambiguous manner, also made their way into the M5S platform. And these are the crucial issues, because they determine Italy’s position on the international stage.