Italian president calls on Mario Draghi as coalition talks falter

After the failure of exploratory talks, Italy’s head of state Sergio Mattarella has called for the formation of a unity government. “I feel obliged to appeal to all the political forces present in parliament to give their confidence to a high-profile government that should not identify itself with any political formula,” he said in a short speech on Tuesday evening. Shortly afterwards, his official residence issued a statement that former European Central Bank (ECB) chief Mario Draghi had been summoned to the Quirinal Palace for talks on Wednesday. Draghi had been for weeks talked about as a p…

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