Silvio Berlusconi

Monti may be just what Italy needs

Italy has announced that economist Mario Monti will serve as prime minister for the upcoming months, and possibly for a year or longer. Mr. Monti does not belong to a specific political party and was not directly elected by the public in general elections but rather was placed in the Senate as a "member for life" by Italian President Giorgio Napoletano on Nov. 9, with the expectation that he would serve in a governing capacity once Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi resigned.

At first glance, those outside this troubled country might think that this is yet another demonstration of Italian political trickery, but this particular play of cards may be what Italy needs to save...