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Italy: Matarella proposes Draghi to lead government

The Italy head of state Sergio Matarella summoned Mario Draghi for talks on Wednesday, February 3, at noon (1100 GMT) after hearing that efforts to salvage the collapsed coalition of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte had failed.
Mattarella looks set to ask former European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi to form a government of national unity to tackle the twin coronavirus and economic crises battering the country.

“I have a duty to appeal to all political forces (to support) a high-profile government,” Mattarella told reporters, ruling out the only other possibility, early elections, as ill-advised given the array of challenges facing Italy.

Draghi made no immediate comment on the presidential summons and it was not initially clear which parties in the deeply fractured parliament would support an administration he headed.

Mario Draghi is widely credited with pulling the euro zone back from the brink of collapse in 2012, pledging to do “whatever it takes” to save the single European currency.

Later the banker has largely vanished from the public eye since his ECB term ended in October 2019, but his name emerged as a potential premier in recent weeks as political turmoil combined with the health and economic emergencies to form a perfect storm. President Mattarella said one of the most important things the next administration had to do was to draw up rapidly plans for how to spend more than 200 billion euros ($243 billion) from a European Union fund designed to help overcome the economic slump.

СOVID19: Conte security agent dies

A policeman who was part of Italian Prime Minister GiuseppeConte’s security team has died after contracting #COVID19. He was 52, and left behind a wife and two sons.

Giorgio Guastamacchia, 52, tested positive for the novel coronavirus late March. He had then been hospitalized in one of hospitals in Rome and taken to an intensive care unit, due to his serious condition.

The Italian government said at the time that he had not been in contact with Conte for at least two weeks. The premier, however, was tested negative in a precautionary test.

Head of the Italian police Franco Gabrielli expressed his condolences to Guastamacchia’s family.

The news broke out the moment Italian society expressed hope, that the peak of the epidemic is behind; the statistics started to improve, offering grounds for cautions optimism.

EUCO: anti-COVID19 plan

The 27 EU leaders decided to offer the eurozone finance ministers two weeks to find a common economic response to the coronavirus crisis, European diplomats said. After more than six hours of discussion by video-conference, the heads of state and government of the 27 EU countries have reached agreement on a draft joint declaration to tackle the crisis caused by the coronavirus.

“We take note of the progress made by the Eurogroup. At this stage, we invite the Eurogroup to present proposals to us within two weeks. These proposals should take into account the unprecedented nature of the COVID-19 shock affecting all our countries and our response will be stepped up, as necessary, with further action in an inclusive way, in light of developments, in order to deliver a comprehensive response” the declaration reads.

“The COVID-19 pandemic constitutes an unprecedented challenge for Europe and the whole world. It requires urgent, decisive, and comprehensive action at the EU, national, regional and local levels. We will do everything that is necessary to protect our citizens and overcome the crisis, while preserving our European values and way of life.

“We recognise the burden these measures put on all our citizens and praise their sense of responsibility. We express our deepest sympathy with the victims of the pandemic and their families. We commend the dedication and tireless efforts of the healthcare professionals at the forefront of the outbreak and the contribution of those who provide essential services to the population.

“We will cooperate with the international community and our external partners in combating the global pandemic.

“We will continue to work along the five strands defined at our videoconferences on 10 and 17 March 2020 and do what is necessary to overcome the crisis.”

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte did not accept the draft conclusion at a video conference Summit of EU27 to find a common economic response to the coronavirus pandemic, according to Italian government sources. Italy wants the European Union to acquire “innovative financial instruments that are truly adapted to war”, according to the Italian agency Agi, which quotes the entourage of the Prime Minister. In this response to the economic catastrophe that threatens the EU, the proponents of greater financial solidarity, the countries of the south, less virtuous in budgetary matters, and those of the north, confront each other.

Italy insists on change of Dublin rules

On his first visit to Brussels after becoming head of a government backed by the anti-establishment 5-Star and center-left Democratic Party (PD), Giuseppe Conte repeated calls for changes to migration regulations. (Image: archive).

Past governments made similar requests, causing prolonged disputes with the European Union. 

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte visited Brussels on September 11 in Brussels to meet with the president-designate of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen.

Salvini blames Brussels influences

Italian League party leader Matteo Salvini said the emerging new government of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) and the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) had been “born in Brussels to get rid of that pain in the neck Salvini“.  (Image: archive).

Today, “coincidentally”, the German ex-commissioner Oettinger speaks and says that Brussels is ready to do anything to help this government be born and reward it” he added.

Salvini added that Prime minister designate Giuseppe Conte “is the first member of the PD”, that “if they change the security and migrant decrees they’ll do Italians wrong”, and that the new government was “one of seats and posts, and I’m not giving up”.

 

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Salvini also confirmed his determination to conduct “Italians First!” policy “forever“, and wherever he and Lega party serves his country.

Salvini predicts “long agony” of new government

Italy‘s  Democratic Party (PD) and Five Star Movement announced that they have agreed to form a coalition government.

We consider it worthwhile to try this experience,” the PD’s Nicola Zingaretti said after meeting the Italian President Sergio Mattarella.

It was agreed that Giuseppe Conte, who resigned last week, will return, and continue serving as Prime minister.

The upcoming government between Lega‘s former ally the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) and the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) caused the “dismay“, Matteo Salvini said after government crisis consultations with President Sergio Mattarella. It is likely it would be a reincarnation of the 2011-12 short-lived technocratic government of Mario Monti.

Mattarella must put an end to this indecent spectacle“, Salvini demanded. He added that according to the procedure we were rapid, precise, direct, honest to the hilt with President Mattarella to whom we expressed the dismay not only of the League but of millions of Italians with regard to the theater of the war for posts taking place for days” with the ‘horse trading‘ by the M5S and PD delegations.
Commenting on the recycled Prime minister Giuseppe Conte, Salvini said he got is post on “instructions from Paris, Berlin, Brussels, a Monti #2″.
“Some people were bothered by a government that was restoring pride, sovereignty and a future to Italian families”.
Salvini said that “60 million Italians are being held hostage by 100 MPs”.

The blunt truth is emerging that some hundreds of desperate parliamentarians are ready to do anything to avoid giving up their seats”, Matteo Salvini, the Lega leader said, while reacting on government gambit.

Wouldn’t it be wiser and more honest and decisive to let Italians vote and for five years have a solid, stable and coherent majority?“, he asked a rhetoric question.
The government that is about to be born will be weak, and desired in Brussels and Berlin. Mattarella asked for a government with a long prospect: tell me seriously, someone, if an M5S and PD government would have long prospects” – “It’s would be a long agony”, Salvini concluded.

Di Maio has decided to play a completely marginal role within a government #M5sPd , when he could have become premier on a proposal from #Salvini . Politically it’s suicide. But this agreement does not only mark the political suicide of #DiMaio , but of the entire MoVimento Italian philosopher Paolo Becchi wrote in his Twitter micro blog.

 

Trump supports Conte as Italian PM

Former Prime Minister of Italy Giuseppe Conte could recover to lead a coalition between the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and the centre-left Democratic Party (PD). (Image: archive).

The two parties are in talks to try and form a coalition following the collapse of a pact between PD and the League party which led to Conte’s resignation last week.

We positively greet the openings from authoritative members of the PD on the future role of Prime Minister Conte. We are ready for a dialogue on policies”  5-Star said in a statement. American President Trump also tweeted his opinion: “Starting to look good for the highly respected Prime Minister of the Italian Republic, Giuseppe Conte. Represented Italy powerfully at the G-7. Loves his Country greatly & works well with the USA. A very talented man who will hopefully remain Prime Minister!”

Matteo Salvini’s party, the League, is indignant, underlining that the party won 34% of the national vote in the European elections and that it was polling as high as 39% in the beginning of August.

Let’s hope that if a Democratic Party-Five Star government is formed, the people will rise up as soon as possible,” said Alessandra Locatelli, a League minister.

A government made up of Five Star and the Democrats will not correspond to the sentiment of the people,Salvini said, who remains as Interior minister and deputy prime minister in spite of the governmental crisis.

Italy PM Conte announces resignation

The Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte  (pictured) announced his resignation to the Senate on August 20. In his speech in presence of both political leaders  Luigi Di Mayo (M5S) and Matteo Salvini  (Lega) he has vigorously criticized the latter for creating the governmental crisis, blaming him for being “irresponsible and opportunist”, pointing at a “grave lack of constitutional culture” in triggering a government crisis solely to harvest the growing polls numbers.

Premier Giuseppe Conte said the government’s action “stops here” and  added he would go to the President Sergio Mattarella to present his resignation letter.

The timing of the crisis, he went on, showed  Salvini’s “political opportunism” and was a “gesture of institutional imprudence” – prompting the opponent to respond: “I would do it all again“.

 

The Lega drumming” about new elections was “offensive for the activity of the government,” Conte went on, attacking Salvini, blaming him a selection of “a pretext for the crisis” in the 5-Star Movement’s (5SM) opposition to a Turin-Lyon high-speed railroad after the Lega scored highly in the recent European elections, when
Salvini was “concerning” in his conception of managing power by “rabble-rousing” people in the streets.
Conte also said Italy’s Constitution precluded “authoritarian methods“, referring to Salvini’s controversial call for the people to grant him “full powers” in a snap elections.
In Europe, he said, Salvini‘s “contradictory” views had sparked “confusion“, caused by absence of “sense of the rulesConte continued. He underlined that he should have addressed parliament on a case of the Lega party allegedly seeking Russian funding.

Conte also criticised Salvini for brandishing rosaries and other religious symbols while announcing policy of crackdown on migrants.
“Your use of religious symbols is unconscionable“, PM said.
…”The ongoing (government) crisis compromises the action of this government, which stops here”Conte said he would hand in his resignation to Mattarella, who would “guide the country in a delicate passage“.
In further remarks, Conte said the government crisis makes Italy weak in negotiations with the EU over new commissioners and other issues. He also said an emergency management of the budget is highly likely” given the timing of the crisis.

Today in the Senate from the President of the council (PM) I have heard no ideas, but only insults. It is evident that there has been an attempt to break up between Five Star Movement and Democratic Party for weeks. Lega had the strength, dignity and courage to unmask it in parliament and explain it clearly to the Italians” Matteo Salvini commented on the speech of Conte.

 

Salvini calls for snap elections

The League presented a motion of no confidence in Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in the Senate on August 9 after the party’s leader the Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, said that the ruling majority no longer exists and called for early elections.

According to the motion there were too many disagreement within the government, including the approach to Turin-Lyon high-speed rail link project: the 270-kilometer way would include a 58-km tunnel under the Alps mountain range, one of the longest tunnels in the world. Trains will run at an average speed of 220 km/h.

At present the EUR25 billion project is at risk due to the conflicting positions of the two parties backing the Italian government of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, which has been in power since June 2018.

While the League is in favor of the project, though some officials raised concerns that Italy should rethink its financial obligation. The anti-establishment Five Star Movement is against major public works projects in general, believing they can be breeding grounds for corruption.

“Too many “no” are bad for Italy, which needs to grow and, therefore, to have new elections soon,” the League said.  “Those who waste time, and it is to detriment of the country and they are only thinking about their positions”.

A present thet Lega party is polling ahead of all other Italian parties at 38%.

Giuseppe Conte, the non-affiliated professor of private law, appointed by both parties to serve as the country’s Prime minister, said that Salvini must justify to parliament why he is calling for a new vote.

 

 

Italy insists Dutch assuming responsibility for SeaWatch3

Carola Rackete, the captain of the Sea-Watch 3 migrant-rescue ship, has been put under investigation by prosecutors in the Sicilian city of Agrigento, Italian media reports.

The vessel is currently anchored in front of the port of Lampedusa after capitan Rackete defied an order to stay out off Italian waters on June 26. The migrants were collected by the crew off Libya coasts over two weeks ago.

German national, Rackete (31) is being probed for allegedly  dealings with illegal immigration when refusing to obey a military vessel, the Italian sources said.

Prime minister Giuseppe Conte said that several EU States have agreed to take some of the around 40 migrants on board the Sea-Watch 3 to resolve the situation of the NGO vessel passengers.

“Three or four countries are willing to take part in the redistribution of the Sea-Watch migrants, Conte said to reporters at the G20 summit in Japan. Foreign ministry sources informed four EU countries expressed readiness to take some of the Sea-Watch migrants, including France, Germany, Luxembourg and Portugal.
On the sidelines of the G20 Conte had a meeting with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte about the Sea-Watch case.

The vessel is managed but a German NGO but it navigates under Dutch flag and Italian authorities insist the Netherlands should assume the responsibility. This week the Italian Embassy in The Hague took a formal step about a possible dereliction of duty by the Dutch authorities.

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