Italy in Crisis After President Blocks Anti-EU Government

Carlo Cottarelli is asked to lead a technocratic government until new elections can be held.

Italian president Sergio Mattarella delivers a news conference in Rome, April 5
Italian president Sergio Mattarella delivers a news conference in Rome, April 5 (Presidenza della Repubblica)
  • Italian president Sergio Mattarella has blocked a government of the Euroskeptic Five Star Movement and League by vetoing its candidate for finance minister.
  • A technocratic government, led by Carlo Cottarelli, is due to take power until new elections can be held.
  • The far-right League is projected to benefit the most from early elections.