23.10.2021

Italian President prepares “government of technocrats”

After the failure of negotiations on a new government, the President of Italy, apparently, seeks to create a technical office. He invited an economist and former IMF employee, Carlo Cottarelli, to consult. Italian President Sergio Mattarella, after yet another failed attempt to form a government on Sunday, May 27, invited an economist Carlo Cottarelli to meet on Monday. It is expected that the president will propose Cottarelli to head the “government of technocrats,” capable of governing the country until a new election.

Cottarelli has long been a senior member of the International Monetary Fund. He is known as a developer of methods to reduce government spending and tidy up public finances.

Giuseppe Conte, the previous candidate for the post of prime minister, returned the mandate to the president after a conflict arose between Mattarella and the Five Star coalition and the League party. The parties failed to agree on the post of Minister of Economy and Finance. The president refused to approve Paolo Savona, known for his Euro-skeptic views.

Giuseppe Conte, Little-known Law Professor, was nominated as Prime Minister of Italy

In Italy, the populist parties “5 Star Movement” and “League” have nominated law professor Giuseppe Conte, who is practically unknown in politics, as prime minister.

“Conte will be the prime minister of the political government,” said the leader of the 5 Star Movement, Luigi Di Mayo, after he introduced Conte to the president.

Giuseppe Conte

Conte worked as a lawyer and as an academic professor, and his resume includes brief teaching periods at Yale, New York, and Cambridge Universities. He was proposed as the possible minister of the 5 Star Movement before the March elections.

Conte is little known outside the political circles of Rome and does not have significant political experience. He is described as a technocrat, which, according to critics, contradicts the campaign slogans of both populist parties that participate in the formation of the coalition.

Corriere della Sera, Italy’s leading daily newspaper, described Conte “as moderate and balanced.”

NATO fighters patrol the sky over Montenegro (video)

Pilots worked out the interception of an enemy aircraft, in the role of which was a government aircraft with the Minister of Defense of Montenegro on board.

NATO fighters in the sky over Montenegro

Greek and Italian Air Force fighters stepped in to patrol Montenegro’s airspace as part of the NATO Air Police mission. This was reported by the Government of Montenegro.

Sky patrols coincide with the first anniversary of Montenegro’s membership in the Alliance

On the same day, an exercise was held with an imitation of the invasion of Montenegro’s airspace by an enemy aircraft, the role of which was played by a government aircraft with Minister of Defense Predrag Boskovich on board.

“NATO principles apply to all members after accession. One for all and all for one, Montenegro today, like the other 28 members, is still experiencing this for itself, ”said Brigadier General Roberto Di Marco.

Since 2009, Greek and Italian Air Force planes have been patrolling the airspace of Albania, and now Montenegro.

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