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Draghi Warns Italy’s Next Leader Not to Toy With Protectionism

  • Caretaker premier warns against isolationism after Sept. vote
  • Some in Meloni’s bloc have taken euro-skeptic stances
Mario Draghi

Mario Draghi

Photographer: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg

Italy’s outgoing Prime Minister Mario Draghi warned his successor against protectionist and euro-skeptic policies that would weaken the country’s economy and international standing.

Giorgia Meloni, the frontrunner ahead of Sept. 25 elections, is working hard to present herself as a credible leader for Italy, the third-biggest economy in the euro area. But the post-fascist roots of her party, as well as the euro-skeptic and pro-Russia stances of some of the members of her right-wing coalition, are worrying investors.