#Factoftheday 28/05/2018 – The Italian government at stake
A political and institutional crisis is taking place in Italy. Just yesterday, the Italian President Sergio Mattarella turned down the nomination of the 81-year-old economistPaolo Savona as Minister of Economy and Finance, on the basis of his well-known anti-European attitudes and views.
Despite previous presidents had used their institutional powers to refuse to appoint a minister,this move has provoked a “messy post-election drama”: both coalition parties (5Stars and League) refused to switch Savona out, and the prime minister-designate Giuseppe Conte rejected the mandate to form a new government. The collapse of the proposed coalition leaves Italy in an uncertain political situation that could degenerate considering the fact that just yesterday the 5Stars leader Luigi Di Maio publicly called for an impeachment procedure against President Mattarella for being submitted to “foreign powers” – the financial market and Germany – and having “betrayed” the Italian citizens as well as the democratic principles on which the Italian Republic is founded.
What has been considered since the beginning of the political campaigns a “populist government” is thus now at stake. President Mattarella has summoned former International Monetary Fund official Carlo Cottarelli to appear at the presidential palace this morning, suggesting that he could lead a technocratic government, yet another one. The 5Stars and League would prefer early elections but as League leader Matteo Salvini stated yesterday “Mattarella will decide that, since he decided everything”.
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I started an internship at EU-Logos Athéna in March 2018 leading the police and judicial cooperation dossier in order to gain research experience in the fight against terrorism beyond national borders. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from the University of Palermo in March 2015. Since then, I have been collaborating with the Mediterranean Institute for International Studies as volunteer researcher focusing on international security matters. In December 2016, I earned a LL.M. degree in International Law with distinction from the Oxford Brookes University, handing in a dissertation analysing the global phenomenon of terrorism and the respect of civil liberties in European and international counter-terrorism policies.