World Italy's Draghi urges unity, sacrifice in fighting the virus
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ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Mario Draghi urged Italy’s polarized politicians to unite behind his new government to confront the coronavirus pandemic and the economic devastation it has wrought, saying Italy has a once-in-a-lifetime chance to create a more sustainable, equitable and healthy world for future generations.
Draghi vowed an environmentally conscious and digitally reformed government program in a 50-minute speech Wednesday before the Senate, which came ahead of a mandatory confidence vote later in the day. Draghi is expected to win votes in both the Senate and lower Chamber of Deputies after securing broad-based support for his government.
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“Today unity isn’t a emotion, it’s a duty,“ Draghi said to applause as he concluded his speech. “A duty guided by what unites us all: love of Italy.”
Draghi, the former European central bank chief who is widely credited with having saved the euro, vowed a similar all-out effort to do whatever it takes to emerge from the pandemic, which first erupted in Italy this time last year. He said the principle aim of his administration was to confront the pandemic and safeguard Italians “with all means," and urged politicians to put aside their political interests in a spirit of sacrifice for future generations.
Draghi’s government was sworn in over the weekend, capping a remarkable few weeks that saw the widely popular Premier Giuseppe Conte resign after a key ally yanked his support. After efforts to forge a third Conte government failed, President Sergio Mattarella asked Draghi, 73, to form a high-profile, non-political government.
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Italy's Berlusconi says Europe will like League decision to back Draghi government: paperIn an interview with daily La Repubblica daily, the business tycoon said Draghi, often credited with saving the euro, had "great capacity to manage difficult situations" and would do well in Italy as well.
Draghi’s 23-member cabinet includes politicians in most ministries but puts technical experts in key roles, especially those responsible for ensuring that the more than 200 billion euros ($240 billion) in European Union pandemic recovery funds that Italy expects to receive are spent according to EU criteria, such as for ecological and digital transformations.
Draghi said his government would be “convincingly” pro-EU and pro-U.S., saying he envisaged in particular reinforcing bilateral relations with France and Germany.
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US-ITALY-POLITICS-5STAR:Italy's 5-Star online ballot to be held after Draghi draws up government agenda: leader to paper"Saying 'yes' or 'no' to Draghi would be too simplistic... We news to vote a programme, and we are going to wait for Draghi to meet the unions and Italy's business lobby," Crimi told daily Corriere della Sera in an interview.
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Italy: Mario Draghi wins a large majority in a vote of confidence in the Senate .
The corona pandemic hit Italy particularly hard. The new Prime Minister Mario Draghi won the first vote of confidence on his program against the crisis with a large majority. © ANGELO CARCONI / EPA-EFE / Shutterstock Italy's new Prime Minister Mario Draghi won a vote of confidence in the Senate on his program against the corona crisis with a large majority. For the Draghi government and its plans, 262 senators voted on Wednesday evening, with only 40 votes against and two abstentions.