Category: Italy

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

ITALY: Catching up while seeking to pass the buck

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has signed the latest emergency decree, which comes into force from 5 November and will be valid until 3 December. The PM signed the decree late in the night after summits with regional leaders continued until the early hours.… Read the rest

ITALY: Covid-19 rules

The cabinet will meet today (27 October) in the afternoon to finalize a relief package for workers and businesses that will suffer due to the restrictions that came into effect yesterday.… Read the rest

ITALY: A patchwork of measures, no overall strategy

Lombardy, Italy’s most populous region, will be under night-time curfew starting from tomorrow, the most restrictive measure the country has seen since exiting a national lockdown in the spring. The curfew will be in place between 11pm and 5am and last until 13 November.… Read the rest

ITALY: New Restrictions, Usual Policy Lethargy

Earlier today (13 October), Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte issued a new decree imposing stricter anti-coronavirus restrictions, including bans on private parties and early closures for bars and restaurants. The new measures came after long negotiations with the regions, as some local governors opposed the new curbs.… Read the rest