Podcast: Mario Draghi, "ungovernable" Italy and the EU

Author Tim Parks joins Jeremy Cliffe and Emily Tamkin on the World Review podcast

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In his recent piece for the New Statesman, Tim Parks describes Italy's crisis of government in 2021 as "a political psychodrama that beats anything I have seen in my 40 years in the country", coming as it did in the middle of a pandemic that has now claimed over 100,000 Italian lives.

Parks joined Jeremy Cliffe and Emily Tamkin on this episode of World Review to discuss the Italy's ever-changing political landscape and whether technocrat prime minister Mario Draghi – former president of the European Central Bank and friend of Merkel and Macron – can effectively manage a €200bn EU Covid relief package for his country.

They also explore the state of the country's vaccine roll-out and the post-pandemic future of Italian politics. Then, in You Ask Us, they answer listener questions on whether Draghi's ascendency will make any difference to Eurosceptics in Italy.

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Further reading

Tim Parks on why Italy remains ungovernable.

Jeremy Cliffe writes from Berlin that Germans are growing exhausted with interminable lockdown restrictions.

In Washington, DC, Emily Tamkin argues that Joe Biden's $1.9trn Covid stimulus isn't transformative – yet.

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