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Re: [Eurasia] Monti, a government without politicians

Released on 2012-03-02 13:00 GMT

Email-ID 1075446
Date 2011-11-17 14:24:57
as a rule academics do very badly in the real world -- ive more confidence
in the bankers

regardless, this should be fun to watch


From: "Adriano Bosoni"
To: "EurAsia AOR"
Sent: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 3:46:31 PM
Subject: [Eurasia] Monti, a government without politicians

This is an interesting profile of the new Monti cabinet... only the second
time in Italian history when a technical government is 100%
politician-free (the previous one being the Dini government of 95-96). The
press is already calling Monti "The Professor" (Prodi has the same
nickname)... I'm afraid the press is creating excessive hype around the
new government...

Monti, a government without politicians
November 16, 2011

A government of professors, rectors, officials, bankers. A government of
few women (only three, although in leading roles), gray hair (63 years
average age). And with no politicians.

The professor sends two messages: one to markets on the "seriousness" and
"quality" of his team, the other to the parties. Monti ensures that the
solidity of its executive is not challenged by the absence of politicians,
but rather is enhanced precisely because there would be "embarrassment" by
their presence.

After reading the composition of the Executive (which sees himself leading
Economic Affairs), the Professor stresses that the guiding star of his
government will be a quest to ensure growth. "The reliance on one person
of the Ministry of Economic Development and Infrastructure - says of the
appointment of Corrado Passera - corresponds to a logic that I want to
emphasize: the initiatives for economic growth and development will be at
the center of my government."

Former Commissioner knows that the greatest obstacles will be in the
Parliament. Thus he is showing his best diplomatic skills. First Monti
thanks the political and social forces "for the partnership had during the
consultations." Then, his predecessor, Silvio Berlusconi to whom he sends
"cordial greetings" with "respect and attention to the work he has done."

The Monti government, as well as having cut the number of Ministers (now
16, Berlusconi had 23) and being born in record time (67 hours after
receiving President Napolitano's request), stands to have a 100% technical
profile. Palazzo Chigi will be full of specialists, recruited in
university classrooms and offices of the ministries, not because of their
political cloak but only for their expertise.

A military man goes to defense, a former prefect of the Interior, an
ambassador for Foreign Affairs, not to mention Monti taking the Economy
Ministry: this is the impression that the new PM wanted to give his team,
in which, after the push and pull of Letta and Amato, in the end they have
not even entered as representatives of their party.

But the Executive will not be weakened: "The armor of this government
depends on our ability to act and to explain the significance of their
actions: this is the armor that I will try with my ministers".

Adriano Bosoni - ADP