The Italian political establishment is bloated and corrupt. Among the huge political elite is a myriad of parties, formed through bitter splits and personal rivalries.
The racist Northern League have been key players in Italian politics. They formed a coalition government with Silvio Berlusconi’s People’s Party and at several key moments kept his government afloat.
The League has a fascist platform inside the party. They have consistently run anti-immigrant and anti-Roma campaigns. They have recently suffered serious defeats.
There are also the centre-right populists in the Italy of Values party. Its leader has already met with Mario Monti and pledged support for his government.
The Radical Party, seen by the bourgeois media as the more respectable on the parliamentary left, has also pledged support for Monti.