Category: Europe

ITALY: Minority government next?

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte faces two key confidence votes in parliament this week as his political survival hangs by a few ballots. Following the exit of Matteo Renzi’s Italia Viva (IV) from the coalition, the PM informed President Sergio Mattarella of his intention to address Parliament and ask for a vote of confidence.Read the rest

ITALY: Conte likely to battle on

Abstentions (including from Italia Viva’s senators) in today’s crucial vote in the Senate will likely mean that Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte will secure enough support (157-158 votes) to stay in power.… Read the rest

ITALY: Simmering tensions come to boil

A cabinet meeting widely seen as setting the stage for a showdown in Italy’s simmering government crisis will be held today (12 January) at 9.30pm local time. The meeting has been called by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte for the cabinet to approve an economic recovery plan (PNRR) that envisages spending of around EUR 223bn in loans and grants that Italy expects to receive from the EU to help its recovery from the pandemic.… Read the rest