Former Prime Minister Mario Monti, the economics professor who imposed austerity on Italy in 2011, quit the leadership of his political party after criticizing the policies of his successor, Prime Minister Enrico Letta.
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi dismissed as “nonexistent” a new political alliance unveiled by former ally Gianfranco Fini and opposition centrist parties, Corriere della Sera reported, citing the premier.
Support is growing for a coalition of political parties to back Prime Minister Mario Monti in Italian elections due in the coming months, even though he may not run, according to the country’s newspapers.
Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti said he will lead a coalition of centrist political parties that support his agenda of fiscal rigor and pro-European policies in February elections, marking a de-facto bid for a second term.
Caretaker Prime Minister Mario Monti said he would head a unified list of centrist political forces in the Senate vote of Italy’s national elections in February, effectively joining the race to become the country’s next premier.
Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi renewed his campaign partnership with the Northern League party, strengthening his chances in the Senate and pressuring his chief rivals to forge an alliance of their own.