About: Mario Draghi

Politics 24-01-2022

Six key things to know ahead of the Italian presidential race

Lawmakers and delegates from regional administrations have gathered in Rome to elect Italy's president of the next seven years, as Sergio Mattarella's office is formally due to expire on 3 February.
Global Europe 28-12-2021

‘Hamstrung’ Europe searches for a post-Merkel leader

Angela Merkel's departure from the political stage after 16 years as chancellor has not only ushered in a new era in Germany but also shaken up the power balance in the EU.
Economy & Jobs 24-12-2021

Macron, Draghi call for reform of EU fiscal rules

French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi called Thursday (23 December) on Brussels to reform its fiscal rules to allow greater investment spending while acknowledging the necessity to reduce debt. “Just as the rules could not be...
Elections 23-12-2021

Italy’s Draghi signals he’s willing to become president

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi signalled on Wednesday (22 December) he would be willing to become head of state when the position falls free early next year, saying his unity government had already completed much of its agenda.
Coronavirus 17-12-2021

EU leaders eye Omicron-adapted vaccines to halt COVID spread

Adapted vaccines and increased unity of purpose amongst EU governments are needed to effectively tackle the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, according to the European Commission.
Global Europe 01-12-2021

As Merkel bows out, Europe seeks new leader

Angela Merkel's departure from the political stage after 16 years as chancellor has not only ushered in a new era in Germany but also shakes up the power balance in the EU.
Global Europe 26-11-2021

Italy, France sign ‘Quirinale Treaty’ as Merkel’s exit tests European diplomacy

The leaders of Italy and France will sign a treaty on Friday (26 November) to strengthen bilateral ties at a time when European diplomacy is being tested by the departure of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Global Europe 29-10-2021

Biden seeks to prove his political clout at G20, COP26 summits

As world leaders flock to Rome for the G20 summit, President Joe Biden kicks off a trip aimed at reasserting US international credentials, starting at a meeting Friday (29 October) with Catholic ally Pope Francis.
Economy & Jobs 21-10-2021

Sudden departure of Jens Weidmann, the often lonely ECB voice against easy money

Bundesbank chief Jens Weidmann, who on Wednesday (20 October) announced his decision to stand down more than five years early, led a decade-long fight inside the European Central Bank against the easy-money policies espoused by successive ECB presidents.
Economic governance 04-10-2021

Draghi on quest to challenge EU rules and grow out of public debt

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi unveiled an ambitious Italian budget for 2022-2024 last week, with deficits above the limits set by the Stability and Growth Pact, in what appears to be a bet on a change in the EU’s fiscal rulebook.
Climate change 01-10-2021

‘We are listening’: Italy says leaders will heed young activists’ climate calls

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi pledged on Thursday (30 September) that world leaders would listen to the demands of young climate activists ahead of the United Nations COP26 summit in November, after a meeting in Milan with Greta Thunberg.
Global Europe 30-09-2021

Analysis: In post-Merkel EU, Macron can’t exert leadership without allies

Angela Merkel's exit from the EU stage she dominated for 16 years has handed French President Emmanuel Macron an opportunity to take up the mantle of European leadership and press on with his plans for a more independent Europe.

Italy’s Draghi announces €3 billion package to keep energy prices down

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi on Thursday (23 September) announced measures worth three billion euros to keep gas and electricity bills down this winter as power prices soar across Europe.
Climate change 17-09-2021

How Italy can charm China into global climate action

Mario Draghi can use his role at the helm of the G20 to persuade China to sign up to global climate targets, argue Luca Bergamaschi and Bernice Lee.
Health 17-09-2021

Italy makes COVID health pass mandatory for all workers, facing almost no opposition

The Italian government approved on Thursday (16 September) some of the strictest anti-COVID measures in the world, making it obligatory for all workers either to show proof of vaccination, a negative test or recent recovery from infection.

Italy government reaches accord on contested justice reform

The Italian government has reached an accord over a contested reform of the judicial system, a government spokesperson said on Thursday (29 July), apparently putting an end to weeks of friction in Mario Draghi multi-party coalition.
Global Europe 28-06-2021

Delta variant spread upsets EU plans for return to relative normality

Moscow and Indonesia recorded their worst daily coronavirus death toll due to the highly contagious coronavirus Delta variant, while various EU countries envisaged new restrictions, likely to upset their plans for a return to relative normality this summer.
China 18-06-2021

Draghi takes distance from Russia and China, anchors Italy to the West

Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Draghi has clearly aligned his country with the EU and the Atlantic alliance, with strongly worded messages at the recent G7 and NATO summits that end his predecessors’ ambiguous position towards Russia and China. After years...
Politics 14-05-2021

Italy’s Draghi, with lavish state pensions, renounces salary as PM

Mario Draghi, who draws at least two generous state pensions and owns or part-owns around 10 houses, has said he will not receive any salary for his job as Italy's prime minister.

Italy hopeful on reviving EU migrant burden sharing deal

Italy is pushing EU partners to revive migrant burden-sharing deals as it seeks to stave off a summertime surge in landings from North Africa, Prime Minister Mario Draghi said Wednesday (12 May).
Global Europe 12-05-2021

Italian and Turkish fishing boats in skirmish off Cyprus

A skirmish broke out between Turkish and Italian fishermen near the divided Mediterranean island of Cyprus on Tuesday, the Italian navy said on Tuesday (11 May). The navy said in a statement that people on board an unspecified number of...
Health 05-05-2021

Italy, G20 look to return of tourism

Italy is ready to welcome back travellers, Prime Minister Mario Draghi said Tuesday (4 May) after hosting a G20 meeting that put tourism at the heart of the global post-pandemic recovery.
Economy & Jobs 26-04-2021

Draghi says deal reached with EU on Italy’s recovery plan

Italy has reached a deal with the European Commission over its Recovery Plan, Prime Minister Mario Draghi told the cabinet late on Saturday (24 April), after days of intense talks, paving the way for it to be submitted to Brussels by the end of April.
Economy & Jobs 19-04-2021

Italy risks missing Recovery Plan deadline ‘due to EU concerns’

Italy risks missing the deadline for submitting a final version of its Recovery Plan to the European Commission because Brussels is not satisfied with several aspects of the drafts presented so far, two sources close to the matter said.