How the world media is reporting the Italian crisis

World media on the crisis in Italy

The Italian political crisis, which culminated with the resignation of Mario Draghi then rejected by the Quirinale, went around the world: immediately becoming the breaking news of the main media from the BBC to the Financial Times, from the New York Times to Le Monde, from the Faz to the CNN, from the Pais to the Russian Interfax.

“The sixth Italian prime minister in the last decade”, “a rare unifying force of politics” and an element of “guarantee on Italy’s commitments”, has decided to leave, were the first titles to bounce on the media immediately after the announcement.

“Over the past 17 months, Prime Minister Mario Draghi has been a rare unifying force in Italian politics. But that period has ended, with Draghi saying he would step down after a fracture in his unity government,” notes The Washington. Post. And The New York Times writes about “fatal” fractures that emerged from the vote of confidence, underlining how “the anti-establishment Five Star Movement has refused support, triggering a political crisis”.

For Draghi “the half victory” of the vote Thursday in the Senate was not enough, underlines the German Faz, who speaks of “a hot day in Rome”.

 The departure of Mario Draghi could lead to a “new uncertainty” in the country, underlines the American CNBC, while the German Deutsche Welle recalls how the premier “was considered a guarantor of the fact that Italy would comply with EU and ECB rules”.

By attributing to the Prime Minister a “reputation for pragmatism that is not often seen in Italian politics”, the French Le Monde points the finger at Cinque Stelle, subtitling how the Movement “boycotted the vote, putting its coalition in crisis”.

While the British Guardian speaks of a Draghi “snubbed” by the M5S, the BBC, on the other hand, writes of “a collapse of the coalition” of the Italian government while from Spain La Vanguardia speaks of an Italy that “drags the euro and the European stock exchanges to a minimum with the risk of a recession”. And the news of the resignation of the Italian Prime Minister, as well as that of the Quirinale’s refusal to accept them, also bounce back on the Russian agency Interfax. – Ansa

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