Five weeks after the general election, PD leader Pier Luigi Bersani declared on March 28 that he was unable to form a government, having failed to persuade the Five Star Movement to back his proposals

The economic daily warns: “Italy needs attention and respect and deserves to be governed”. Latest data show Italian productivity is in decline, youth unemployment is rising further and high taxation is choking business.

Now that the ball is back in the court of president Giorgio Napolitano, who could make his own proposal of a non-partisan government, Il Sole appeals to all political forces to overcome divisions and “do something for the national economy, do it right and quick”.