Once again, it was the European Central Bank (ECB) that stepped up to provide an interim solution to the costs being imposed on governments by the coronavirus pandemic.
Last month it brought in its Pandemic Emergency Purchase Program - known as Pepp - which has been used to mop up massive amounts of government debt and will, with other ECB programmes, absorb close on €1 trillion of bonds this year.
Effectively, the ECB is providing a sticking plaster to stop Italian state finances from bleeding out because the leaders of the eurozone cannot agree to collectively underwrite directly the cost of fighting the pandemic with a bloc-wide bond scheme that features debt owned jointly by countries from Germany to Malta.
Like all sticking plasters, Pepp isn't meant to be in place forever - it expires at the end of this year.
Unless political leaders can agree to allow mutualised bonds for a specific purpose and specific time period, they will find themselves falling back on the ECB crutch forever.
Italy's debt problems are not going to go away any time soon.
As a result, the ECB will find itself buying more government bonds, possibly a wider range of corporate bonds, and even equities as it desperately seeks to keep the eurozone standing upright.
The ECB took a decade after the onset of the financial crisis, to (briefly) halt its quantitative easing but remains struck with negative interest rates and yet more bond buying.
As Japan has shown over decades now, if governments keep spending to stay out of a recession then, as a result, central banks will just have to keep on buying.