Italy has a new government. Gualtieri leaves EP to become Economy minister, Gentiloni to be proposed as commissioner

Finally Italy has a new government and a nomination for the European Commission. Giuseppe Conte will guide his second ruling coalition, after the president of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, accepted both the team and the political program. On Thursday (5 September) the new executive formed by the Democratic Party (PD) and the Five Star Movement … Continue reading Italy has a new government. Gualtieri leaves EP to become Economy minister, Gentiloni to be proposed as commissioner

Agreement looming, but can M5S and PD work together?

Italy is approaching a decisive moment, as the time given to the political parties to avoid a huge political crisis is about to expire. The president of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, authorised the Democratic Party (PD) and the Five Star Movement (M5S) to hold negotiations in order to see whether forming a new government is … Continue reading Agreement looming, but can M5S and PD work together?

The League voted against von der Leyen: Is a crisis looming in Italy?

The Italian ruling parties were split on Ursula von der Leyen. In the vote which elected the first ever woman at the head of the European Commission, Luigi Di Maio's Five Star Movement (M5S) voted in favour, while Matteo Salvini's the League voted against. Until the very last moment MEPs from the League didn’t take … Continue reading The League voted against von der Leyen: Is a crisis looming in Italy?

Salvini leads the populist wave in Europe. Italy emerging as a threat for EU

Matteo Salvini is the new king of Italy. He won the European elections much better than expected. His party, the League, is the first national party with 34,3% of the vote. It is the best electoral performance ever for the political party since its foundation, in 1991. The outcome is even beyond the last poll … Continue reading Salvini leads the populist wave in Europe. Italy emerging as a threat for EU

Rome and Brussels: Two visions for Europe

Italy and the EU found themselves at loggerheads again as the Commission slammed the political and economic program of the Rome government. Measures adopted in the country are not considered capable to relaunch growth and jobs, and address the new challenges in a generally deteriorating economic environment. The executive body of the European Union puts … Continue reading Rome and Brussels: Two visions for Europe