Right-wing parties aim to form coalition
He's been in power since December and has fairly decent approval ratings among Italians, but his Democratic Party have been polling poorly. The Democrats are the largest party in Italy's current coalition government and the country's economy has picked up under their stewardship.
One problem, however, is that Gentiloni, despite being PM, isn't the leader of the party. Renzi's premiership ended when he lost a referendum on constitutional reform. The other problem for the Democrats, and the true story of this election, is that, as in other countries in Europe, populist parties are promising to shake up the status quo. Principal among Italy's insurgent parties are the Five Star Movement. Formed in , it's arguably transformed Italian politics.
The country has always been famous for its unpredictable politics - they've had more than 60 governments since the Second World War - but the Five Star Movement has been the catalyst for a new era of surprises; gone are the days when Silvio Berlusconi could win an outright majority, now Italy is government by coalitions and there make-up is increasingly unpredictable.
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