Mario Monti

Politics of debt stymies Italy

Silvio Berlusconi. Photo: EPA

Italy's European partners had hoped for a new government in Rome with the electoral legitimacy to complete the economic reform and austerity measures launched by outgoing Italian prime minister Mario Monti. In the event, they get the opposite.

Saturday, 2 March, 2013, 3:30am

Italians head to polls as Europe watches

A polling station is set up in Rome on Saturday. Photo: AFP

European capitals will be watching closely since, whatever the result, there is likely to be a change from outgoing technocratic premier Mario Monti’s agenda of austerity and economic reforms.

24 Feb 2013 - 3:43pm

Talking points

Marathon runners under starter's orders

Hollywood honours its best … and worst

23 Feb 2013 - 4:12am

PM Mario Monti tries to shake staid image ahead of Italian elections

Mario Monti. Photo: Reuters

Mocked for his long economic lectures and his old fogey clothes, former economics professor turned prime minister Mario Monti is trying to spruce up his image to win voters ahead of elections next month.

13 Jan 2013 - 5:47am

Who said it?

Ted Tam Chung-Hoi

A lot of the gang leaders are now girls and they are getting younger and more masculine

Social worker Ted Tam Chung-Hoi


A new political formation is born

Italy's outgoing prime minister, Mario Monti, joins the election campaign on the side of a new centrist coalition


30 Dec 2012 - 5:59am

Prime Minister Mario Monti leads centrist grouping for election

Outgoing Italian premier Mario Monti. Photo: Reuters

Italy's confused election campaign has taken another twist, with the outgoing prime minister Mario Monti formally entering the race and the country's respected national anti-mafia prosecutor joining ranks with the centre-left Democratic Party.

30 Dec 2012 - 6:48am

Monti says ready to lead Italy again as elections loom

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti announced resignation on Friday. Photo: AFP

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti said on Sunday he was ready to govern the country again as head of a pro-reform coalition in favour of change in Italy and Europe but would not be a candidate in the February election.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Who said it?

Mario Monti

On the eve of the most important decision of his political life … he's gripped by doubts, he's tormented

An Italian newspaper describes Mario Monti's indecision about whether to run in elections or resign


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23 Dec 2012 - 5:48am

Italy's Mario Monti weighs whether to run against Silvio Berlusconi in polls

Prime Minister Mario Monti

Italy's president dissolved the parliament yesterday to set the stage for general elections early next year as Prime Minister Mario Monti weighs whether to run for office after handing in his resignation.

23 Dec 2012 - 3:51am

Italian PM Mario Monti resigns ahead of elections

Monti on Friday resigned as Italy's Prime Minister, opening the way to elections expected in February.

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti resigned on Friday with his political plans still in doubt, paving the way for early elections next year in a lynchpin eurozone state still mired in recession.

Monti “handed in the resignation of his government” at a meeting with President Giorgio Napolitano, and will stay on in a caretaker capacity, the presidency said in a statement.

22 Dec 2012 - 3:08am

Berlusconi says he may call off re-election bid

Silvio Berlusconi. Photo: EPA

Silvio Berlusconi said he could call off his re-election bid if Prime Minister Mario Monti decided to run as the leader of a centre-right coalition.

"If Monti runs for leader, I would take a step back," Berlusconi said on Wednesday, a day after he criticised his successor for failing to revive the Italian economy and for being "too German-centric".

14 Dec 2012 - 5:37am

Monti plays down fears as market slumps

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti. Photo: Xinhua

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti yesterday played down market fears over his decision to resign, saying there was no danger of a vacuum ahead of an election in the spring.

"Markets should not fear a vacuum of decision making in Italy," he told a press conference in Oslo where he attended the Nobel peace prize ceremony.

11 Dec 2012 - 3:36am

Italy PM Mario Monti says he will resign soon

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti

Premier Mario Monti told the Italian president Saturday he will resign soon, saying he can no longer govern after Silvio Berlusconi’s party withdrew crucial support. It could open the way for early elections a year after the unelected economist helped pull the country back from the brink of financial disaster.

9 Dec 2012 - 10:14am

Walkout by Berlusconi party threatens Italian government's survival

A banner reading 'Silvio, Italy believes in you' outside his home

Italy's politics were thrown back into turmoil yesterday when Silvio Berlusconi's party members walked out before a crucial vote in the Italian senate, threatening the survival of Mario Monti's reforming, non-party government.

7 Dec 2012 - 5:59am

Talking points

Secretary for Food and Health Dr Ko Wing-man

Lawmakers discuss hospital land grants

3 Dec 2012 - 2:34am