Euro-puppet Mattarella wants IMF-puppet Cottarelli as PM
Some like to build bridges, others prefer to blow them up

Italian President Sergio Mattarella, dancing to the tune of the EU, has appointed IMF official Carlo Cottarelli as the interim prime minister tasked with forming a new government, undermining the result of the elections.

The PM said elections will be held no later than August unless he wins the confidence of parliament.

President Mattarella announced his choice Monday, having diluted the deal between two Eurosceptic parties who had collective majority in the March elections and had since dedicated themselves to forming a new government.

The newly-appointed PM Cottarelli vowed to establish a new government “very quickly” to take the country through this period before fresh elections are held in the fall of 2018 or early next year. “I’ll present myself to parliament with a program which – if it wins the backing of parliament – would include the approval of the 2019 budget. Then parliament would be dissolved with elections at the beginning of 2019,” Cottarelli said shortly after being named interim prime minister.

Following the rejection of Paolo Savona’s candidacy for minister of economy, ex PM-designate Conte said he had given up on attempts to form a government, leaving open the possibility the country would face new elections. Furious with Mattarella for sabotaging their deal over the choice for economy minister, the eurosceptic coalition slammed the country’s establishment for jeopardising democracy.

Italian journalist Marcello Foa believes that Mattarella’s move could be easily defined as illegitimate as “there is no constitutional reason and no constitutional power to block a government that has the majority in parliament.” Foa blasted the decision as “really shocking,” as it’s becoming quite obvious that the president is not acting in Italy’s best interests, but rather in the interests of the EU which he does not wish to “disturb.”

Lorenzo Pregliasco, professor of political science at the University of Bologna, echoed those sentiments, saying that the president’s decision to veto Savona’s appointment were dictated by his views on the European Union.

“The potential minister of economy has quite strong credentials,” he said. “He was a professor as well as minister in the early 1990s in another government.” Meanwhile, in an attempt to dispel rumors and clarify his views, Savona issued a statement where he said he stood for “a different Europe, stronger, but more equal.”

Euro-puppet Mattarella wants IMF-puppet Cottarelli as PM
Some like to build bridges, others prefer to blow them up
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