Matteo GERMANO, Annalisa USARDI, Jean-Jacques BARBERIS
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The end of the political crisis and next steps for the new government:The new pro- European government looks to be willing to move in a different direction vs the previous one, with an agenda focused on green and socially inclusive policies. It is difficult to project how long this new coalition will last, but it will certainly have to address the next budget law. We expect to see some expansionary measures (lower labour costs plus investment spending), but without putting public finances at risk. However, the available room for manoeuvre is narrow.
Kasper ELMGREEN, Matteo GERMANO, Annalisa USARDI, Isabelle VIC-PHILIPPE
Political crisis and possible scenarios: The Deputy PM Matteo Salvini recently withdrew his party’s support to the coalition government headed by PM Giuseppe Conte, calling for a vote of no-confidence against the PM and subsequent snap elections. On the 20th of August, after addressing the Senate, PM Conte resigned. President Sergio Mattarella will now weigh three options – consult political parties to form a new government (with the same forces of the current coalition or new ones), appoint a caretaker government or call for fresh elections.
Sergio BERTONCINI, Didier BOROWSKI, Matteo GERMANO, Lorenzo PORTELLI, Annalisa USARDI
The appointment of Christine Lagarde as President of the ECB and Ursula Von der Leyen as President of the European Commission are undoubtedly among the best possible compromises, because these are two women of great experience, both very much in favour of strengthening the European Union.
Didier BOROWSKI, Isabelle VIC-PHILIPPE, Grégoire PESQUES
Arm-wrestling within the Italian government and between Italy and Brussels to find a solution to the Italian budget and avoid the Excessive Deficit Procedure. After Italy’s exit from a technical recession in H2 2018, economic data are still pointing to weakness, and many risks loom in the second half of this year. Weak growth prospects are making it more difficult to comply with deficit and debt targets, although some savings may come from lower spending. In any case, the 2020 budget is the most challenging test for the government.
Sergio BERTONCINI, Annalisa USARDI
Kasper ELMGREEN, Eric MIJOT, Ibra WANE, Tristan PERRIER
Didier BOROWSKI, Eric BRARD, Kasper ELMGREEN, Tristan PERRIER
Didier BOROWSKI, Laurent CROSNIER, Matteo GERMANO, Tristan PERRIER
The next European Parliament elections will take place on 23-26 May 2019 in the Member States of the European Union. Given the current complex political context, these elections are becoming a sort of referendum on the EU project, and a key political test for many countries.
Didier BOROWSKI, Isabelle VIC-PHILIPPE, Kasper ELMGREEN