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Berlusconi says new central bank head to be named on 1 November

Berlusconi says new central bank head to be named on 1 November | The Malay Boot | Scoop.it

«Berlusconi and some of his key governing allies are at odds over who will replace Bank of Italy governor Mario Draghi when he leaves to lead the European Central Bank at the end of October.

«Berlusconi favours Fabrizio Saccomanni, - director general, the second-highest position, at the Bank of Italy - but finance minister Giulio Tremonti is pushing for Italian Treasury head Vittorio Grilli.»

«The failure to name Draghi's successor just weeks before his departure has given fuel to Berlusconi critics who say the government is playing politics with the country's well-being amid an economic crisis.»

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Northern League's Bossi doubts Italy government can last until 2013

«ROME, Oct 6 (Reuters) - Umberto Bossi, powerful leader ofthe Northern League in Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi'scoalition, said on Thursday it would be complicated for the government to last until the next scheduled elections in 2013.»

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Italian President Sees No Room for Democratic Path to Secession - Businessweek

Italian President Sees No Room for Democratic Path to Secession - Businessweek | The Malay Boot | Scoop.it

«Italian President Giorgio Napolitano said secession advocated by the governing Northern League coalition party would violate the constitution, recalling the imprisonment of a Sicilian separatist leader in the 1940s.»

«"Padania does not exist,” Napolitano said yesterday. He called the formation of a hypothetical separate Lombard-Venetian state “grotesque.”»

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National disunity is the talk of the day - FT.com

National disunity is the talk of the day - FT.com | The Malay Boot | Scoop.it

«In the year that Italy is supposed to be celebrating its 150th birthday as a modern nation, talk of disunity dominates».

«For the Northern League, a Milan-based party founded on aspirations of independence for a mythical “Padania” embracing the Po valley, the eurozone crisis presents a golden opportunity – the break-up of Italy».

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