Italy: A New Political Government in Place

On 30 April 2013, after two months of political stalemate, the Italian Parliament confirmed Prime Minister-designate Enrico Letta’s new Government. Formed by a “Grand Coalition” of three parties (the centre-left Democratic Party, the centre-right Berlusconi-led People of Freedom, and the Centrist Monti-led Civic Choice) the newly appointed Government is a political Government and it marks a clear change from the traditional adversarial and bipolar system that has characterized Italian politics over the last twenty years.

So far, key EU leaders have expressed warm and positive support for the new Italian Government. The Prime Minister himself is a keen Europhile and some of the key Ministers are pro-European too. A full term Government would obviously be beneficial for Italy itself. Also, given Italy’s prominence at the EU level, a stable and established Government during the transitional phase through which the EU is about to pass in 2014, would be welcomed in Brussels. In order to achieve such stability, the two main coalition parties need to put aside their historical divide and work together on much needed reforms for Italy.

We have prepared an analysis of the new Government which includes a biographical overview of Prime Minister Enrico Letta and key members of the executive, the priorities of the new Government and finally the impact that we can envisage at the EU level.