Draghi respected and admired at ECB and beyond - Schinas

Up to democratic institutions to decide Italy's future - EC VP

(ANSA) - ROME, FEB 3 - Mario Draghi is respected and admired at the European Central Bank and beyond, European Commission Vice President Margaritis Schinas said after the former ECB chief credited with saving the euro got a government-formation mandate in Italy.
    "It is not a big surprise if I say that Mario Draghi is respected and admired within the ECB and beyond," said Schinas, who is tasked with promoting the European way of life.
    He said it was up to the Italian government and democratic institutions to decide Italy's future.
    Draghi got a mandate from President Sergio Mattarella to try and see if he can form a "high-profile" technocrat government of no particular political stripe to steer Italy through the COVID pandemic and the economic recovery from it.
    The centre-right opposition to outgoing premier Giuseppe Conte have said they want to press on for a snap general election while the biggest former government party, the populist 5-Star Movement (M5S), is split on whether to back Draghi, who earned the nickname 'Super Mario' for doing "whatever it takes" to save the euro during the 2011-2012 sovereign debt crisis. (ANSA).


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