Nationalizing the roads

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Giuseppe Conte’s government decided to take back a 33 percent public share in the company that manages Italy’s highways, twenty years after it was privatized. This was perhaps a rather tepid move, given the appalling — in recent years, deadly — neglect of the highways under private management. Yet comparisons with Hugo Chávez and Nicolás Maduro abounded in national media, presenting Conte’s move as extreme and illegitimate.