Mario Monti

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Mario Draghi’s supporters  say, as a technocrat who has not and will not compete in elections, he can make difficult decisions that will pay off in the long term. Photograph: Alessia Pierdomenico/ Bloomberg

In late October Italy’s prime minister, Mario Draghi, took to the stage of a technical institute in southern Italy and told the audience of students t(...)

Italy’s prime minister Mario Draghi during a debate at the senate in Rome on Wednesday  before he submitted his government to a vote of confidence. Photograph: Yara Nardi/AFP via Getty

The appointment of Mario Draghi as Italy’s new prime minister has lifted hopes in Brussels and in European capitals that the billions of euro going to(...)

Former head of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi looks on at the Quirinal palace after a meeting with the Italian president in Rome on Wednesday. Photograph: Alessandra Tarantino/ AFP via Getty Images

It is both its strength and fundamental weakness that the technocratic government which Mario Draghi is attempting to form in Italy will be “above” po(...)

Italian premier Giuseppe Conte: attacked for his statement over the weekend that the measures would allow Italians to have a “serene” Christmas. Photograph: Roberto Monaldo/LaPresse via AP

A year ago Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte was facing multiple domestic crises and in charge of an unstable government made up of two parties th(...)

Federica Mogherini, vice-president of the European Commission: the European University Institute’s conference debated  the proposed multi-annual budget. Photograph: Claudio Giovannini

EU states such as Hungary and Poland which refused to participate in relocating refugees from overwhelmed frontline states like Greece and Italy shoul(...)

Tough job: EU Commissioner for budget Günther Oettinger. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

They fired the gun for the off on Monday in Brussels on a process that is at least as complex and divisive as Brexit, and one that will preoccupy and (...)

Mario Monti: says Brexit offers a chance to be more ambitious on budget reform

The migration and security challenges faced by the European Union need to be addressed with a different funding system that would give the EU a direct(...)

Old and new: a horse-drawn carriage passes a branch of Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena in Rome. Italy’s government is set to rescue the world’s oldest lender. Photograph: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg

So is the ever-worsening Monte dei Paschi (MPS) di Siena crisis just a blip in the system or is “Italy about to destroy [the] eurozone” as British tab(...)

Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi leaves a press conference after he announcing his resignation in Rome. Photograph: AFP

Relief at the defeat of far-right candidate Norbert Hofer in the Austrian presidential election swiftly gave way to apprehension late on Sunday eveni(...)

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi: The head of Eurosceptic party Forza Italia is actually the last PM to be voted in by the people. Photograph: Reuters/Remo Casilli

Shakers and makers across the globe, including Barack Obama and Angela Merkel, will be keeping a close eye on the outcome of a critical Italian consti(...)

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