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Draghi Pressures Coalition Partners to Push Through Policy Plans

Mario Draghi

Mario Draghi

Photographer: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi on Thursday made it clear to the broad coalition supporting his government that he had enough of their quarreling and foot-dragging on reforms worth billions of euros of European funds.

Draghi called an emergency cabinet meeting late on Thursday, catching ministers off guard and sparking speculation of an imminent government crisis in Roman palazzos. The surprise gathering came after yet another day that yielded no progress on a key law needed to secure European Union post-Covid reconstruction money.