[14] Following Buttiglione's appointment, Mattarella resigned as director of Il Popolo in opposition to this policy.[17]. His daughter, Laura, acted as de facto First Lady, accompanying her father in the official trips outside Italy. In Rome, he became a member of Catholic Action (AC), a large Catholic lay association, of which he became the regional chairman for Lazio from 1961 to 1964. Mr Sergio MATTARELLA, President of Italy, exchanging gifts with Mr Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General. On Sunday 4 December 2016, a constitutional referendum was held in Italy. La lunga giornata del Colle", "Governo, Conte incaricato da Mattarella: "Sarò lʼavvocato difensore degli italiani, "Governo, il giorno della rinuncia di Conte. In December 1999, he was appointed Minister of Defence in the second D'Alema cabinet. The constitutional reform was rejected with almost 60% of votes, and on 7 December 2016, Prime Minister Renzi announced his resignation. [36] On 5 March, Matteo Renzi announced that the PD would be in the opposition during this legislature and that he would resign as party leader when a new cabinet was formed. [21] Mattarella replaced Giorgio Napolitano, who had served for nine years, the longest presidency in the history of the Italian Republic. The President checks legislation to verify their constitutionality, and can veto a bill and warrant parliament to re-draft the bill. ("Go Mattarella! [57] On 13 May, the Five Star Movement and League reached an agreement in principle on a government program, likely clearing the way for the formation of a governing coalition between the two parties, but they could not agree regarding the members of a government cabinet, most importantly the prime minister. Mattarella was appointed Minister for Parliamentary Affairs in the governments led by Christian Democratic Prime Ministers Giovanni Goria and Ciriaco De Mita, and in 1989 he became Minister of Public Education in the sixth cabinet of Giulio Andreotti. First published on Thu 29 Aug 2019 10.00 BST. Two years later, when Prodi's first government fell, Mattarella was appointed by Massimo D'Alema as Deputy Prime Minister with responsibility for the secret services, which he tried to reform. Belgium. July 19, 2019, 4:29 AM EDT Updated on July 19, 2019, 7:09 AM EDT 3:50. Mattarella was one of the first supporters of the economist Romano Prodi at the head of the centre-left coalition known as The Olive Tree (L'Ulivo) in the 1996 general election. The dramatic move threatened to create a fully far-right government. [84], During the round of the so-called consultations between Mattarella and the parliamentary groups, a possible new majority emerged, between the Five Star Movement and the Democratic Party. [10], On 6 January 1980, his older brother, Piersanti Mattarella, who was also a Christian Democratic politician and President of Sicily since 1978, was killed by the Sicilian Mafia in Palermo. [7], In 1967, he became a lawyer in Palermo, becoming particularly involved in administrative law. Meeting on implementation of integration projects in EAEU. On 21 May 2018, a private law professor, Giuseppe Conte, was proposed by Di Maio and Salvini for the role of Prime Minister in the 2018 Italian government. The parties are poised to ask the EU for flexibility with the budget, the first draft of which must be ready by the end of September, in order to “reinforce social cohesion” in the country. After several amendments were made to the proposed law by both the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies, the bill received its first approval on 13 October 2015 (Senate) and 11 January 2016 (Chamber), and, eventually, its second and final approval on 20 January 2016 (Senate) and 12 April 2016 (Chamber).[28]. Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is joining Barack Obama for the last formal dinner of his presidency. On 6 May 2015 Mattarella signed the new Italian electoral law, known as Italicum, which provides for a two-round system based on party-list proportional representation, corrected by a majority bonus and a 3% election threshold. “It’s a delicate period for the country and we need to exit the political uncertainty soon,” Conte said after a meeting with Mattarella on Thursday. [58] At their meeting with Mattarella, both parties asked for an additional week of negotiations to agree on a detailed government program, as well as a prime minister to lead the joint government. Oscar Luigi Scalfaro, (born September 9, 1918, Novara, Italy—died January 29, 2012, Rome), lawyer and politician who was president of Italy from 1992 to 1999.. [94] On 8 March 2020, the Italian government extended the quarantine to the entire region of Lombardy and 14 other northern provinces, putting more than a quarter of the national population under lockdown. On 31 January 2015 Mattarella was elected President of the Italian Republic at the fourth ballot with 665 votes out of 1,009, with support from the Democratic Party (PD), New Centre-Right (NCD), Civic Choice (SC), Union of the Centre (UDC) and Left Ecology Freedom (SEL). 2019 Turkish offensive into north-eastern Syria: President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey announces a military invasion of north-eastern Syria, targeting the SDF and other Kurdish militias. “This will be a new season, a time for relaunch … it won’t be a government ‘against’, but one that is for the citizens and modernises the country.”. During his official visit to Italy, Vladimir Putin met with President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. [8] After a few years, Mattarella started teaching parliamentary procedure at the University of Palermo, where he remained until 1983. Italian President Tells Salvini to Make Up His Mind on Snap Vote By . Commissioner-designate Janusz Wojciechowski meets President of Coldiretti ,Italian Farmers Organisation - Mr Ettore Prandini ... 13 November 2019, 0.00 (CET) Where. Mattarella stood down from his position, together with other ministers, in 1990 upon parliament's passing of the Mammì Act, liberalising the media sector in Italy, which they saw as a favour to the media magnate Silvio Berlusconi. Content created by Conservative Daily News and some content syndicated through CDN is available for re-publication without charge under the Creative Commons license. M5S e FdI chiedono l'impeachment", "Italie : Sergio Mattarella, le président qui a dit non". Meeting with Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller. The President is tasked to appoint the Prime Minister as well as five judges to the Constitutional Court. PM to lead coalition of ruling Five Star Movement and opposition Democratic party . His brother, Piersanti Mattarella, was murdered in 1980 in Sicily by Cosa Nostra while serving as President of the Regional Government of Sicily. [72] HuffPost editor Lucia Annunziata dismissed Di Maio and Salvini as "liars", newsmagazine L'Espresso called them "subversive", while Le Monde praised Mattarella as an "intransigent guardian of the Constitution". 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[39] Moreover, a Five Star leader, Alessandro Di Battista, denied any possibility of an alliance with Forza Italia, describing Berlusconi as the "pure evil of our country". The bill, put forward by then- Prime Minister of Italy, Matteo Renzi, and his centre-left Democratic Party, was first introduced by the government in the Senate on 8 April 2014. [89][90] On 10 September 2019, in the second vote of confidence in the Senate, 169 lawmakers voted in favour of the new government and 133 voted against. Pd all'opposizione". On 7 July 2018, the President of Lazio region, Nicola Zingaretti, announced his intention to run as party's secretary. [18][16], On 31 January 2015 Mattarella was elected President of the Italian Republic at the fourth ballot with 665 votes out of 1,009, with support from the Democratic Party (PD), New Centre-Right (NCD), Civic Choice (SC), Union of the Centre (UDC) and Left Ecology Freedom (SEL). President Donald Trump and President Sergio Mattarella of Italy hold a joint press conference on Wednesday. But Salvini, whose tactics have dented his popularity in recent weeks, had not banked on M5S teaming up with the PD. 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[92] As of January 2021[update], more than 2,250,000 coronavirus cases and 78,000 deaths were confirmed, affecting mainly Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna, Veneto and Piedmont. After few days, schools and universities closed in the whole country. [34][35], After the election's results were known, Luigi Di Maio, leader of the M5S, and Matteo Salvini, secretary of the League, each urged that Mattarella should give him the task of forming a new cabinet because he led the largest party or coalition, respectively. Italy was plunged into chaos this month after Matteo Salvini withdrew his League party from its fractious alliance with M5S, as he sought to exploit his party’s popularity to bring about snap elections and become prime minister. John Follain. President Trump with Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte of Italy at the White House, in July. [14], In 1990 Mattarella was appointed Vice-Secretary of Christian Democracy. Mattarella's parliamentary career began in 1983, when he was elected a member of the Chamber of Deputies in a left-leaning faction of the DC that had supported an agreement with the Italian Communist Party (PCI) led by Enrico Berlinguer, the so-called Historic Compromise. Mr Sergio MATTARELLA, President of Italy, greeted by Moussa Oumarou (ILO's Deputy Director-General for Field Operations & Partnerships). Mattarella stated that "Europe and the world must be united to defeat whoever wants to drag us into a new age of terror".[25]. [67][68][69], Mattarella's decision prompted furious reactions from the Five Star Movement, who called for Mattarella's impeachment, a move also supported by opposition party Brothers of Italy. He served until he was sworn in as President of the Italian Republic. This could be Conte’s second chance at leading Italy after he resigned last week, ending a turbulent alliance between M5S and the League. [31] This was the third constitutional referendum in the history of the Italian Republic; the other two were in 2001 (in which the amending law was approved) and in 2006 (in which it was rejected). The Italian 2019 Presidency wishes to underline the importance of a harmonious and balanced development of all the objectives set out in the Action Plan, from the first to the fourth, enhancing the work in progress by all the AGs entrusted with implementing the initiatives in progress, by properly cooperating with them and taking into account the priorities identified for 2019. [71], Calls for impeachment were strongly criticized by Italian and international press: Luciano Fontana (editor of Corriere della Sera) defended Mattarella and said that "Di Maio and Salvini are responsible of this crisis", Mario Calabresi (editor of la Repubblica) dismissed impeachment proposals as "delirious" while La Stampa called Di Maio and Meloni's proposal "extremely irresponsible". Di Maio e Salvini vicepremier", La Lega presenta al Senato una mozione di sfiducia a Conte. In accordance with Article 138 of the Constitution, a referendum was called after the formal request of more than one-fifth of the members of both the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies,[29] since the constitutional law had not been approved by a qualified majority of two-thirds in each house of parliament in the second vote. [80] Many political analysts believe the no-confidence motion was an attempt to force early elections to improve Lega's standing in Parliament, ensuring that Salvini would become the next prime minister. Conte is also respected in the EU, particularly for his diplomacy skills. [4], After attending the classical lyceum San Leone Magno in Rome,[5] he studied law at the Sapienza University of Rome, where he joined the Catholic Federation of University Students (FUCI). Download this stock image: Turin, Piedmont, Italy. The PD insisted he step down as deputy prime minister in return for them accepting Conte as prime minister. After vote, Greece to double reach of western coastal waters. The Italian prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, has said now is the time to “turn a crisis into an opportunity” after accepting a fresh mandate to try to form a new government that could mark a turning point in Italy’s fractured relations with the EU. 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Mattarella: "Ho atteso, ma novità Lega-5 Stelle non sono venute, "Mattarella affida a Fico un mandato esplorativo mirato", "Italy Picks New Mediator in Search for Government Majority", "Fünf-Sterne-Bewegung verlangt Neuwahlen", "Ratlosigkeit in Rom: Sind Neuwahlen nötig? The president was also defended by The Guardian, Libération and Der Spiegel; German business newspaper Handelsblatt even titled "Forza Mattarella!" [52] The Lega and M5S agreed to hold new elections on 8 July, an option that was however rejected by all other parties.[53][54][55]. The 2019 Italian government crisis was a political event in Italy that occurred between August and September 2019. One of the hurdles is the role of Luigi Di Maio, the M5S leader. The event is scheduled to begin at noon. He was married to Marisa Chiazzese, daughter of Lauro Chiazzese, a professor of Roman law and rector of the University of Palermo. [81] On 20 August, following the parliamentary debate in which Conte harshly accused Salvini of being a political opportunist who "had triggered the political crisis only to serve his personal interest",[82] the prime minister resigned his post to President Mattarella. Nine days after he resigned when Italy's government collapsed, Giuseppe Conte has returned as Prime Minister to form a new one that will exclude hardline leader Matteo Salvini from power. Both M5S and the League announced their intention to ask their respective members to vote on the government agreement by the weekend. President Trump and Italian President Sergio Mattarella held a joint news conference in the White House East Room. Italy’s President Concerned About 2020 Budget, Official Says By . He was sworn in on 11 October 2011. Governo giallorosso ai nastri di partenza", "Governo, Conte e i ministri hanno giurato. Entdecken Sie Nachrichten Qualitätsbilder, Bilder … Di Maio: "Inizia Terza Repubblica, "Renzi: "Lascerò dopo nuovo governo. Telephone with President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko. The other potential threat is the plan by M5S to ask its members to vote on any agreement with the PD on Rousseau, the online network it often uses to make policy decisions. [22][23][24], His first presidential visit was on the day of his election, when he visited the Fosse Ardeatine where, in 1944 during World War II, the Nazi occupation troops killed 335 people as a reprisal for a partisan attack. On 31 January 2015, he was elected by the Italian Parliament to serve as President of Italy. "Pensiero a difficoltà e speranze dei cittadini, "73-year-old Sicilian Sergio Mattarella is Italy's new president", "PM backs anti-mafia figure for Italy President", "Mattarella: "Il pensiero va alle difficoltà e alle speranze dei nostri concittadini, "Italy MPs elect judge Sergio Mattarella as president", "Italy Elects President, While Mulling a Change in Role", "Mattarella, davanti alla tv con i figli. It looks like the Italians have a lot of information that may be of interest to AG Barr and his investigation into the Deep State. [13] In 1985 Mattarella helped the young lawyer Leoluca Orlando, who had worked alongside his brother Piersanti during his governorship of Sicily, to become the new Mayor of Palermo. The possibility to travel between different regions was restored on 3 June.[103]. [14], On 5 October 2011 he was elected by the Italian Parliament with 572 votes to be a judge of the Constitutional Court. [11] This event deeply changed Mattarella's life, in fact he left his academic career to enter politics.[12]. Forza Italia: "Ignobile, M5s lo condanni, "Cosa sappiamo dopo il primo giro di consultazioni", "Casellati set for 'exploratory' mandate", "Italy president taps Berlusconi ally to try to break impasse", Casellati: "Ci sono spunti". Conte, who has repeatedly said Italy would respect EU budgetary rules, has twice managed to avert threats of sanctions. Part of. [42][43] However she failed to find a solution to the conflicts between the two groups, especially between the M5S and Forza Italia. [85] On 28 August, PD's leader Nicola Zingaretti announced at the Quirinal Palace his favorable position on keeping Giuseppe Conte at the head of the new government,[86] and on following day, Mattarella received Conte to give him the task of forming a new cabinet. On 31 May Giuseppe Conte received again the presidential mandate to form the new cabinet. Rev.ma Mons. Ma spuntano anche minacce di morte", "Governo, Cottarelli accetta l'incarico: "Senza fiducia, il Paese al voto dopo agosto, "Meloni (FdI) e i grillini: "Ora impeachment per Mattarella, "Salvini avvia la campagna elettorale ma senza impeachment: conta il fattore Berlusconi (di A. Mauro)", "I giornali di oggi / Attacco al Colle. Numerous individuals in Italy are suspected of having knowledge of an attempt by former President Obama to utilize the Italian Intel network to set up President Trump leading to his removal from office. [45] On 23 April 2018, after Casellati's failure, Mattarella gave an exploratory mandate to the President of the Chamber of Deputies, Roberto Fico, to try to create a political agreement between the Five Star Movement and the Democratic Party. Select the subjects you want to know more about on euronews.com January 20, 2021, 18:25. © 2021 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. Another brother, Antonio Mattarella, has been appointed Managing Director of the Investment Banking division of Goldman Sachs from 2005 to 2017.[106][107]. President Biden’s inauguration speech in full. [2][3], During his youth, Mattarella moved to Rome, due to his father's commitments to politics. [88] On 9 September 2019, the Chamber of Deputies granted the confidence to the government with 343 votes in favour, 263 against and 3 abstentions. The two parties still need to draft a programme and pick a cabinet. In February 2020, Italy became one of the countries with the highest number of confirmed cases of COVID-19. 108th (Centenary) Session of the International Labour Conference. [37] On 6 March, Salvini repeated his campaign message that his party would refuse any coalition with the Five Star Movement. Presentata la lista dei ministri. [16], In 2007 he was one of the founders of the Democratic Party (PD), a big tent centre-left party formed from a merger of left-wing and centrist parties which had been part of The Olive Tree, including The Daisy and the Democrats of the Left (heirs of the Italian Communist Party). More about Commissioner-designate Janusz Wojciechowski's … [14] In the ensuing 1994 general election (in which the newly founded PPI fared poorly) Martinazzoli was again elected to the Chamber of Deputies. The Quirinal Palace (known in Italian as the Quirinale) in Rome is the official residence of the president of the Italian Republic. On 18 May, the lockdown officially ended and the government allowed the re-openings of bars, restaurants, barbers and gyms. News. President Trump in his comments defended his decision to withdraw troops from Syria. [38] On 14 March, Salvini nonetheless offered to govern with the M5S, imposing the condition that League ally Forza Italia, led by former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, must also take part in any coalition. If they manage to form a government, the first challenges will be to draft Italy’s budget for 2020 and freeze a hike in VAT. Mattarella was previously Minister for Parliamentary Relations from 1987 to 1989, Minister of Public Education from 1989 to 1990, Deputy Prime Minister of Italy from 1998 to 1999 and Italian Minister of Defence from 1999 to 2001. His father, Bernardo Mattarella, was an anti-fascist who, alongside Alcide De Gasperi and other prominent Catholic politicians, founded the Christian Democracy (DC), which dominated the Italian political scene for almost fifty years, with Bernardo serving as a minister several times;[1] while his mother, Maria Buccellato, came from a higher middle-class family of Trapani. [30] 59.11% of voters voted against the constitutional reform, meaning it did not come into effect. Italian military police have arrested more than 300 people including politicians and officials on … [87] On 4 September, Conte announced the composition of his new cabinet, which was sworn in at the Quirinal Palace on the following day. All rights reserved. In August 2019, deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini announced a motion of no confidence against Conte, after growing tensions within the majority. The following year he was entrusted by the Secretary of the Christian Democrat, Ciriaco De Mita, to "clean up" the Sicilian faction of the party from Mafia control, at a time when men of honour of Cosa Nostra like Salvo Lima and Vito Ciancimino were powerful political figures. [59][60][61] Despite reports in the Italian press suggesting that Mattarella still had significant reservations about the direction of the new government,[62] Conte was invited to the Quirinal Palace on 23 May 2018 to receive the presidential mandate to form a new cabinet. Claim: U.S. President Donald Trump called Italy President Sergio Mattarella 'Mozzarella,' then lauded an American alliance dating back to ancient Rome. January 20, 2021, 14:40. Gentiloni in pole per successione a Moscovici", "La Camera vota la fiducia con 343 sì, il premier replica alla Camera fra le proteste. His academic activity and publications had mainly concerned constitutional law topics, the intervention of the Sicilian Region in economy, bicameralism, legislative procedure, expropriation allowance, evolution of the Sicilian regional administration and controls on local authorities. February 2020, Italy campaign message that his party would refuse any coalition with Five. 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