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Re: [Eurasia] G3 - ITALY - Berlusconi says EconMin Tremonti primary candidate to be successor

Released on 2012-03-02 13:00 GMT

Email-ID 1767718
Date 2011-05-04 23:20:47
This would actually be very good news. Tremonti, like Draghi, is that
typical Lombardian who knows how to run shit. When you think Italian --
because we are in the US -- most of us don't think efficiency. But
Northern Italians are probably the most productive people on the planet.
Tremonti is from Sondrio, which is practically Switzerland how north it
is. Tremonti is also strongly fiscally conservative, if he became the PM
the markets would fucking go nuts. He could by his very personna probably
shave off a full percent of Italian bond yields.

Draghi, by the way, is from Rome, so he is less "Lombardian". So I
actually have less confidence in Draghi than Tremonti.

Either way, the problem for Tremonti is that he does not really have his
own base. He is sort of a Lega Norde wing of Berlusconi's Forza Italia. So
that is weird. I feel like he may be a sane guy in an insane house, which
could mean that he goes in there, tries to fix shit, and gets canned. The
sort of guy that should run ministry of finance, but you put him in charge
and he gets whacked (think Kudrin in Russia).

Either way, interesting move by Silvio. It could either get Tremonti
wacked, or fix Italy.


From: "Michael Wilson"
To: "alerts"
Sent: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 2:35:40 PM
Subject: G3 - ITALY - Berlusconi says EconMin Tremonti primary candidate
to be successor

saying this now helps repair feelings in the northern league

Italy's Berlusconi names possible successor
By Paulo Biondi Paulo Biondi a** 43 mins ago

ROME (Reuters) a** Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi named Economy
Minister Giulio Tremonti as a potential successor to lead the center-right
if he decides not to stand again in elections planned for 2013.

The comments, during a television discussion show to be aired on
Wednesday, follow a series of attacks on Tremonti in a newspaper owned by
the Berlusconi family, underlining the uncertain climate in the
Berlusconi, who has previously identified Justice Minister Angelino Alfano
as a potential successor, said he would consider handing over the
leadership of the government if a strong candidate emerges so he could
focus on other duties within his ruling PDL party.
"If it is necessary for the center right to name me as a candidate to lead
the government, then I will not step down," Berlusconi said during the
recording of Porta a Porta, a well-known talk show on state-owned RAI

"But on the other hand if other personalities emerge, and we have several,
Tremonti primarily...then I would be happy to maybe stay in politics but
to focus on the PDL, leaving the leadership of the government to others,"
he said.

Tremonti, widely credited for helping to shield Italy from the financial
crisis, has close links to the Northern League, Berlusconi's sometimes
unruly coalition ally.

But his iron grip on spending decisions, his often abrasive personal style
and perceptions that he is positioning himself to lead a post-Berlusconi
government, have irritated many ministerial colleagues and other PDL

Berlusconi has recently sought to play down signs of a government split
after a newspaper owned by his brother carried a series of articles
attacking Tremonti.

Last week he issued a statement expressing full support for his economy
minister, after many Italian newspapers reported that Tremonti had
threatened to resign.

The comments come ahead of regional elections that will show how badly the
ruling center-right has been damaged by criminal cases against the Italian
Prime Minister.

Berlusconi faces several trials on charges including fraud and paying for
sex with a teenaged nightclub dancer when she was below the legal age
limit of 18. He denies all charges.

(Writing by Catherine Hornby)

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