I still get the impression that Italians don’t really know what’s going on with euro politics and the economics of some European countries (esp. their own). They were very Berlusconi focused, and thought of him as THE problem.
I’ve wondered for years why there aren’t more scientists, economists (if I may coin a new phrase – technocrat 😉 ) in politics. I think we all know the answer is that a countries “best and brightest” don’t go into politics (they go into the military…hahah).