Italy's Hero?

Michael Schuman has to be praised for his portrait of Italy's new Prime Minister Mario Monti [The Most Important Man in Europe, Feb. 20]. But he fails to describe the sense of relief that the vast majority of my fellow citizens felt when the discredited and inefficient government of Silvio Berlusconi was replaced by the much more competent one of Monti. He has displayed greater decisionmaking power than one would expect from an academic, and polls show that his approval rating is still high despite a number of unpopular measures. We can only hope that his government's commitment to basic...

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