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Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | 27/05/2014

Renzi must unite Europe

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's Social Democrats achieved a historic victory in Italy with 40.8 percent of the vote while the populist parties suffered a crushing defeat. Nonetheless Renzi now faces a difficult task, the liberal business daily Il Sole 24 Ore comments: "This was not a vote for Matteo Renzi but a vote for Italy. Bolstered by an undoubtedly personal election victory, the prime minister found the right words and acknowledged that his fellow countrymen did much to save Europe and the euro with their vote. He knows that they have demonstrated political intelligence by demanding a new Europe; profound change devoid of destructive populism, in the spirit of the founding fathers of the community. ... Renzi must now introduce changes that give us the legitimacy to set in motion the transformation of the Old Continent together with the founding states, and to present the globalised world with a United States of Europe."

Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | 16/05/2014

Only radical change of course will help

In view of the negative economic data from many Eurozone countries the liberal business daily Il Sole 24 Ore hopes that the EU will finally give up its austerity policy in favour of economic stimulus measures: "There's no such thing as a natural upturn; it hasn't been invented yet. For sure, the markets' euphoria was excessive, but the shock has come very suddenly and from the most sensitive area, the real economy. Europe has come to a standstill. Only Germany is growing, but it is no longer a driving force. ... Europe must change its course radically. And it is to be hoped that France understands that the protective shield of German growth won't help in the long term if the European economy breaks down. France should ally with Italy and Spain and back those in Germany's political, economic and financial circles who show signs of comprehending the situation."

Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | 24/07/2012

Without the ECB the euro will die

If the European Central Bank (ECB) doesn't intervene now to halt the escalating European debt crisis the monetary union is doomed, warns Roberto Napoletano in the liberal-conservative business paper II Sole 24 Ore: "The European Central Bank must do its bit to rescue the euro - and do it now. A radical shift in thinking is required because the Greek crisis has taught us that it's not enough to announce the limited purchase of government bonds. It must be made clear to the financial markets that there are no limits to either the power or the resources of the ECB. If we find the courage and the energy to do this, we will save the euro. If not, no one, I repeat no one, will have anything to smile about because sooner or later even the so-called AAA countries will pay a heavy price for the destruction they have caused with their short-sightedness. … The excuse that the ECB lacks the powers for such intervention doesn't apply, because the imperative of protecting the Eurozone gives the Bank the necessary authority. The Bundesbank, too, will be forced to recognise this."

Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | 10/11/2011

Emergency government can calm markets

Former EU commissioner Mario Monti is under discussion for the post of prime minister of an Italian caretaker government. This government is Italy's only chance to win back the confidence of the financial markets, writes the liberal business newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore. "There is no alternative to an emergency National Unity government. All the political forces - above all the representatives of Berlusconi's conservative PDL party - must agree on people who have already proven that they speak the language of the financial markets and the states. This will enable them to conduct the negotiations on par with their partners and convince investors of the solidity and credibility of Italian government bonds. Therefore, dear deputies and senators, it is your responsibility to give Italy an emergency government that is led by trustworthy men. Only such a government can prescribe the medicine the Italians need and at the same time restore the world's trust in the country."

Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | 26/10/2011

High time for Berlusconi to act

After Germany and France's covert criticism of Italy's crisis management the liberal business paper Il Sole 24 Ore calls on Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to finally take action: "Neither Merkel nor Sarkozy are entitled to humiliate the people of an EU founding state. Such behaviour incites doubts about Europe's ability to master the crisis. This is one reason more to end the undignified show in Italy in which a prime minister and a government are constantly avoiding decisions and seeking the last compromise or the last vote in their fight for political survival. No, Mr Prime Minister. Italy takes precedent. ... Do something for your country. Do it by decree and assume the political responsibility for it before the parliament and the people. No one, not even you, can justify Italy following directly in Greece's footsteps."

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