|Author (Person)||Scazzieri, Luigi|
|Publisher||Centre for European Reform|
|Series Details||April 2018|
|Content Type||Journal | Series | Blog|
+ Results of the Italian general election, 4 March 2018
The results of the Italian general election 2018 showed that no single party reached a governing majority.
The Five-star movement gained most votes (31.34%), followed by the Northern League (18.36%). However, the Centre-Right coalition, which included Northern League, Go Italy (13.4%), Brothers of Italy (4.23%) and the smaller party Us with Italy UDC (1.19%), reached 37% of votes.
The Left failed in the election: Free and Equals gained 3.5% of votes, while the Democratic Party only reached 19.86%. Its leader and a previous Prime Minister Matteo Renzi resigned.
A possible solution to the absence of a majority was a broad coalition.
Italian President Sergio Mattarella instigated a protracted period of negotiations with party leaders to find a workable solution.
The two populist and somewhat Eurosceptic parties Five Star Movement and Northern League reached an agreement about a new coalition government on the 13 May 2018. According to a draft of their programme they would seek:
+ to ask the European Central Bank to forgive €250 billion of Italian debt
On 23 May 2018, President Mattarella approved Professor Giuseppe Conte as the new Prime Minister, giving him the mandate to form a government.
On 27 May 2018, President Mattarella refused to accept the nomination of eurosceptic Paolo Savona as Economy Minister proposed by Giuseppe Conte. This led Prime Minister-designate led Conte to resign and opened again the governmental crisis in Italy.
|Countries / Regions||Europe, Italy|