Sunday, October 21, 2007

The leader of compromise

ASKED once about his religious convictions, Walter Veltroni is said to have replied: “I believe that I don't believe” [...] Neither party put up a heavyweight rival, a recognition that Mr Veltroni is well-suited to the job [...] For the formidable task of pulling together Italy's heterogeneous centre-left, Walter Veltroni is an excellent choice. But what his country really needs in its next prime minister is somebody bold enough to open its fusty economy to greater competition. Little in Mr Veltroni's record suggests that he is the man for that job.

The Economist, 21st October