Beyond the media frenzy surrounding the appointment of Mario Draghi as prime minister, the incoming premier will face daunting challenges as he seeks to implement the country’s most ambitious reform plan in decades. Draghi is good news for Italy. The country is on the brink due to overlapping political, economic and health crises, further exacerbated by years of public sector mismanagement, rising debt and mounting popular disillusionment towards politics in general and traditional parties in particular. Taken together, these trends have led to repeated governmental crises amidst anaemic growth and successive waves of left and right-wing populism, developments that have weakened Rome’s international standing and credibility.
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