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» Ahead of Italy's election on March 4, investors are most afraid of political change. They worry that the government may succumb to the populist forces that France and the Netherlands dodged last year. Such fears are misplaced. Italian political risk is overhyped. By contrast there is undue complacency about Italy's vulnerable economy, the third biggest in the euro area.
» Unlike the nerve-jangling elections earlier this year in the Netherlands, France and Britain, Germany's has been notably dull. The country that invented "Sturm und Drang" is showing a distinct lack of storm and stress as Angela Merkel heads towards a fourth term as chancellor.
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