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Italy’s new welfare minister breaks down as she announces austerity measures and is unable to say the word “sacrifice.” She has a future. Maybe. But what a gift to her boss. I won’t go into the gender politics of Monti having to step in and provide the word “sacrifice,” what matters to me is that the government bought at least temporary immunization from the type of public sentiment demonstrated in Greece.
(photo 1: abc news photo 2: Zuma Press caption: Italy’s welfare minister, Elsa Fornero, started crying as she spoke during a press conference Sunday on the country’s new austerity package. Prime Minister Mario Monti and his government were outlining a new three-year, €30 billion ($40.17 billion) austerity plan.)