Crisis in Italian Government (2022)

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Information Guide concerning a political crisis in Italy that resulted in the resignation of Mario Draghi as Prime Minister on 21 July 2022 and later dissolution of the Italian Parliament by the country's President.

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On 14 July 2022, Prime Minister Mario Draghi offered to resign following a split in his national unit government, formed in early 2021, as the Five Star Movement (M5S) boycotted a legislative bill concerning a €26 billion cost of living package. Italian President Sergio Matarella later rejected the resignation and invited the Prime Minister to appear before Parliament to make a statement and assess the situation.

Mr Draghi signalled on 20 July he would be willing to stay on as Prime Minister, but also issued an ultimatum to bring the coalition parties back into line. However, three political forces - besides M5S, also the right-wing Forza Italia and Lega - failed to endorse him in a confidence vote held on the following day. As a result, Mr Draghi handed over his resignation once again which was accepted by Mr Matarella.

The President later dissolved Parliament, and a new parliamentary election was set for late September. In the meantime, Mr Draghi was asked to carry on as caretaker leader.

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Commentary and Analysis
The Economist, 14/07/2022: Game over for Super Mario? Mario Draghi, Italy’s prime minister, tries (and fails) to resign
FitchRatings: Research, 18/07/2022: Draghi Resignation Heralds Greater Italian Political Instability
Euronews, 19/07/2022: Italy's Mario Draghi braced to step down again - how did we get here?
Centre for European Reform (CER): Insight, 19/07/2022: Italy after Draghi
Euro|topics, July 2022: Italy: is there a way out of the government crisis?
BBC News, 21/07/2022: What next for Italy after fall of Draghi?
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Le Monde: Editorial, 21/07/2022: The end of the Draghi era in Italy is a shock for all of Europe
Atlantic Council: Blog, 21/07/2022: Mario Draghi, and Italy’s political stability, are gone. What’s next for Europe?
European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR): Commentary, 22/07/2022: Whatever it breaks: Draghi’s downfall and the future of Italy
Politico, 22/07/2022: Berlusconi’s big lunch: How Italy’s right ousted Mario Draghi
The Irish Times, 22/07/2022: ‘Draghi walked into a trap’: leader’s ultimatum shatters Italy’s stability
The Conversation, 22/07/2022: Italy heading to snap election as unity coalition crumbles: Explaining the nation’s fragmented party system
Reuters: Analysis, 22/07/2022: Draghi's fall leaves Monte dei Paschi's cash call in the lurch
Kathimerini: Opinion, 23/07/2022: Italy and the EU after Draghi’s resignation
The Guardian: Editorial, 24/07/2022: The Guardian view on Italy after Draghi: there may be trouble ahead
The Guardian: Opinion, 24/07/2022: Italy’s loss of Mario Draghi is a warning to progressives across Europe – and to the EU
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The Conversation, 26/07/2022: Italian government collapse: the political chess moves behind Mario Draghi’s resignation

The Local (Italy), 14/07/2022: Italy’s president refuses to accept PM Draghi’s resignation
The Irish Times, 14/07/2022: Italy plunged into crisis as Mario Draghi offers to resign
EUObserver, 14/07/2022: Italy back in chaos, as Draghi quits over 5-Star snub
Politico, 20/07/2022: Mario Draghi signals he’ll stay as Italy’s PM, but issues ultimatum
France24, 20/07/2022: Italy in limbo as Draghi wins confidence vote but loses parliamentary majority
Deutsche Welle, 20/07/2022: Italy's Draghi vows to stay on as premier if government maintains unity
EurActiv, 20/07/2022: Italy’s Draghi calls for ‘new pact’ if coalition to survive, 20/07/2022: Italy's Draghi calls for confidence vote to decide fate of govt
Politico, 20/07/2022: Mario Draghi faces the end after Italy’s coalition refuses to back him
France24, 21/07/2022: Italy’s president dissolves parliament, paving way for early elections
RTÉ News, 21/07/2022: Italy to hold early election after PM Draghi resigns
RFI News, 21/07/2022: Last hours for Italy's Draghi after coalition implodes
The Guardian, 21/07/2022: Italy’s far right celebrate Draghi’s downfall and look poised to take power
BBC News, 21/07/2022: Italian PM Mario Draghi fails in bid to revive government
Reuters, 21/07/2022: Mario Draghi resigns, plunging Italy into political turmoil
EUObserver, 21/07/2022: Draghi's grip on power finally unravels
The Guardian, 21/07/2022: Far right in front for snap Italy election after Draghi goes
Euronews, 22/07/2022: Tears, and some jeers, as Italy's Draghi resigns
Reuters, 22/07/2022: Italy will keep supporting Ukraine if right wins vote, says Meloni
Le Monde, 23/07/2022: Europe fears turbulent times in post-Draghi era

Italian Government: News, 21/07/2022: Prime Minister Draghi addresses Parliament

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