Sunday 18 March 2018

James Mackenzie: Super Mario's crack team facing major challenges

James Mackenzie in Rome

Italy's new government comprises well-respected figures, but new Prime Minister Mario Monti's select team will have to act fast and rely on more than just technical competence to overcome vested interests and pass unpopular major reforms.

A mix of academic specialists and experienced administrators, the cabinet was generally welcomed as a competent team capable of overseeing the painful measures needed to restore Italy's economic credibility.

With Italy's main parties ensuring no politicians took posts in the new government, Mr Monti turned to the upper levels of Italy's administrative and business class to confront a debt crisis on the point of tipping out of control.

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