Draghi says a government with ultimatums «does not work» amid Italy’s coalition crisis


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El primer ministro italiano, Mario Draghi – Mauro Scrobogna/LaPresse via ZUM / DPA

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi said Tuesday that a government with ultimatums «does not work» and «loses the sense of existing» before the vote on the decree of economic measures scheduled for this week in the framework of the crisis with the 5 Star Movement (M5S), which could abstain or vote against.

The Italian Prime Minister met with trade unions on Tuesday to outline strategies for dealing with the economic crisis. Among the issues discussed were tax cuts, job insecurity and the minimum wage.

«Inflation erodes the purchasing power of families. We must intervene to support employment and tackle the inequalities that are exacerbated in periods of high inflation. Defend pensions and wages. Hence the idea of this morning’s meeting with the unions,» he explained, as reported by AndKronos.

The Italian Prime Minister has defended in a press conference that the Italian economy, compared to those of other major euro zone countries, is «better than expected». «We need full participation with the social partners,» he added.

Draghi, who is seeking a compromise with the unions to try to soften the government crisis, is awaiting the vote this Thursday, where he will try to convince the 5 Star Movement to support the initiative of economic aid in the Senate, as reported by the newspaper ‘Corriere della Sera’.

The schism within the M5S occurred because the leader of the Movement–party that belongs to the coalition government led by Draghi–and also former Prime Minister of Italy, Giussepe Conte, accused the Italian ‘premier’ of asking the founder of the party, the comedian Beppe Grillo, to get him out of the party.

Previously, Draghi defended the military support provided to Ukraine in the context of another internal crisis unleashed by the disagreements between the current Foreign Minister, Luigi Di Maio, and the leader of the 5 Star Movement (M5E), Giuseppe Conte.

In this sense, Conte set conditions for not unleashing the rupture: the approval of economic measures, a document that he delivered to Draghi, who said Tuesday that he has found «many points of convergence with the government agenda».


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