Draghi a pillar of the EU, in times of uncertainty – France – Politics
PARIS – French Secretary of State for European Affairs Laurence Boone commented on the resignation of Mario Draghi as Italian Prime Minister in an interview with France Inter radio saying that “no one is trying to attack” a “solid Europe “. “Now Italy is going to enter a period that will perhaps be a little less stable than the previous one,” Boone said on the radio.
“I want to pay tribute to Mario Draghi who is an exceptional statesman, a partner of France. We have seen how well we have worked together. He is a pillar of Europe”, added Boone.
Draghi met President Sergio Mattarella at the presidential palace of the Quirinal on Thursday morning and, after reporting on the debate and vote held on Wednesday in the Senate, again tendered his resignation and that of the government he presides. Mattarella recognized this and established that the government would remain in place to manage ordinary affairs.
For Boone, the former chief economist of the OECD who became a member of the French government a few weeks ago, a “period of uncertainty” is beginning and “periods of uncertainty never let up”.
However, she said, “I remind you that during Covid-19, which was a time of great uncertainty, we were able to create common debt (with the #NextGenerationEU recovery plan) and that gives the European Union a very solid base. A common and solidarity debt has made it possible to help the most affected countries”.
The Italian political crisis is making the front pages of many Spanish newspapers today, with in-depth articles and analysis. In particular, the focus was on the concern in Europe about the possible repercussions on the stability of the European Union at a delicate time.
Wednesday was a “bad day for Europe”, wrote, for example, in an opinion piece, the editor of La Vanguardia Jordi Juan, claiming that Matteo Salvini’s League party and Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia “preferred to abandon Draghi rather than continue to govern” with members of the Five Star Movement (M5S).
Analyst Andrea Rizzi wrote on El País about “a new fire in the EU’s hellish summer” and the risk for Italy of “entering a dark wood” after the “wick” lit in Parliament by the “populist” M5S. “With Draghi out of the game, Europe loses a solid point of reference because of the irrationality of shifting populism,” said an editorial in the conservative newspaper Abc.