Elections in Italy
A fierce discussion has broken out in Europe's media over Italian President Sergio Mattarella's decision to reject Paolo Savona as finance minister. Some argue that he has saved Italy from a crash on the financial markets. Others fear that he has only put wind in the sails of the ever-stronger populists.
Italian President Mattarella has charged pro-European economist Carlo Cottarelli with forming a transitional government. Prior to the move the
Italy's President Sergio Mattarella has tasked Giuseppe Conte, a jurist with little experience in politics, with forming a government, freeing the way for the future prime minister to form a cabinet made up of ministers from anti-EU parties the Five Star Movement and the Northern League. Commentators speculate on the impact of this decision for Europe.
The process of forming a new government in Italy continues. While the right-wing nationalist Lega Nord and the Five Star protest movement have made it known that they have agreed on a government programme, they failed to propose a prime minister on Monday. Instead they asked President Sergio Mattarella for more time. This provokes much head-shaking among commentators.
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Roughly half of Italy's voters cast their ballots for anti-system parties. But neither the Movimento 5 Stelle nor the alliance consisting of three right-wing conservative parties and the Lega Nord - which had a particularly strong showing - has gained a governing majority. Commentators outline the challenges that lie ahead for Italy and the EU.