Vincent Boland: Draghi’s Italian job is really a task for the entire nation
Italy’s afflictions are often filtered through the lens of its enormous public debt and zero-growth economy. Yet its problem is more insidious – that politics does not offer solutions
When Mario Draghi was appointed as Italy’s new prime minister earlier this month, reaction outside the country could be summed up in a word: “Finally.” The former president of the European Central Bank appears – at least according to the conventional wisdom – to have been born for the job.
Cometh the hour, etc. On February 13, Draghi was sworn in to lead Italy’s 15th government since the early 1990s. Investors...
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Vincent Boland: Hope has turned into expectation: we will overcome this pandemic
The early days of the Covid-19 pandemic were dominated by loudmouths, incompetents and populists. Then the serious people took over
Vincent Boland: Booby traps could explode the myths around the big banks
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