ROME (Reuters) – Overhauling Italy’s rigid labor rules was supposed to be Mario Monti’s flagship reform.
It required drawn out, often heated bargaining with unions, employers and political parties. Yet six months after their approval the measures seem to be having little effect on hiring, firing or the labor market in general.
ROME (Reuters) – Outgoing Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti has many unquestioned qualities but it is starting to seem that bold political decision-making may not be one of them.
After keeping his supporters waiting for weeks to know whether he would lead them in Italy’s upcoming election, Monti held an eagerly awaited news conference on Sunday – and announced that they would have to wait a little longer.
ROME (Reuters) – Italian caretaker Prime Minister Mario Monti said on Sunday he would be ready to run for a second term in next year’s election if he was asked to do so by political forces that adopted his reform agenda.
The former European commissioner, appointed to lead an unelected government to save Italy from financial crisis a year ago, resigned on Friday but has faced growing calls to seek a second term at the election on February 24-25.
ROME (Reuters) – Italian caretaker Prime Minister Mario Monti indicated in a newspaper interview published on Sunday he would probably not stand in a February election but would try to convince the winner to complete the reforms his government has begun.
Monti, who is expected to end weeks of speculation about his political future when he holds a news conference at 1000 GMT, told La Repubblica daily he would use it to present a list of reforms that the next government should urgently enact.
ROME (Reuters) – Italian caretaker Prime Minister Mario Monti is expected to end weeks of speculation about his political future on Sunday when he reveals the role he plans to play in February’s national election.
The former European commissioner, appointed to lead an unelected government to save Italy from financial crisis a year ago, has faced calls to seek a second term at the election on February 24-25, but his doubts appear to be growing.
ROME, Dec 22 (Reuters) – Italy’s head of state dissolved
parliament on Saturday and opened the way to a February
election, with doubts growing over whether outgoing Prime
Minister Mario Monti will participate in what promises to be a
Monti resigned on Friday a couple of months ahead of the end
of his term of office, after his technocrat government lost the
support of Silvio Berlusconi’s centre-right People of Freedom
ROME (Reuters) – Italian caretaker Prime Minister Mario Monti is mulling his political future after resigning on Friday but a source close to him said he was unlikely to commit soon to any active role in the national election expected in February.
President Giorgio Napolitano was meeting representatives of the main parties on Saturday and later in the day was expected to dissolve parliament and call an election for February 24.
ROME, Dec 21 (Reuters) – Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti
tendered his resignation to the president on Friday after 13
months in office, opening the way to a highly uncertain national
election in February.
The former European commissioner, appointed to lead an
unelected government to save Italy from financial crisis a year
ago, has kept his own political plans a closely guarded secret
but he has faced growing pressure to seek a second term.
ROME (Reuters) – The next Italian government must cut taxes and shun German-inspired austerity policies which have dragged the country into recession, the main economics spokesman in Silvio Berlusconi’s center-right party said.
Renato Brunetta, an economics professor and former minister of public administration, said a center-right government should rely on steps such as structural reforms and privatizations to tackle Italy’s debt mountain.
ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s public debt rose above 2 trillion euros for the first time in October, underscoring the fragility of public finances despite austerity policies imposed by technocrat Prime Minister Mario Monti.
Debt rose to 2.015 trillion euros (1.63 trillion pounds) from 1.995 trillion in September, the Bank of Italy said on Friday, continuing the steady upwards trend seen through most of this year.