Three months after inconclusive elections, a new Italian government has finally been named with Eurosceptic and anti-establishment leaders sharing the top positions. Yet, the mere formation of a government should begin to calm some fiscal jitters in Rome.
March 4 Italian elections delivered most seats in the parliament to the Eurosceptic and and anti-establishment Five Star Movement, headed by Luigi Di Maio and the League, headed by Matteo Salvini. Yet, no one party gained a 50% majority. The top vote getters failed at early attempts to form a coalition government, but reached a compromise last week which was vetoed by President Sergio Mattarella, who did not like the nomination of Eurosceptic Paolo Savona to the import post as economy minister.
After a heated call by Di Maio to impeach the president and a call from Salvini for protest, the two political newcomers toned down their tempers and offered up another government formation list to the president, which he has accepted.
A snapshot of Italy's new government:
Prime Minister: Giuseppe Conte, 53, a lawyer.
Deputy PM and Interior Minister: Matteo Salvini, 45, the League leader.
Deputy PM and Labor Minister: Luigi Di Maio, 31, Five Star Movement leader.
Economy Minister: Giovanni Tria, 69, an economics professor.
Foreign Minister: Enzo Moavero Milanesi, 63, former European Affairs Minister.
European Minister: Paolo Savona, 81, an economist.
Justice Minister: Alfonso Bonafede, 41, a lawyer.
Defense Minister: Elisabetta Trenta, 50, a defense specialist.
(source: France 24).