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Fri Dec 21, 2012, 05:33 PM

Monti Resigns as Premier of Italy, but May Run Again

Source: NYT

Prime Minister Mario Monti resigned on Friday evening following Parliament’s confidence vote on the 2013 budget, but he is still expected to play a major role in early elections, possibly as a candidate, analysts said.

At a news conference scheduled for Sunday, Mr. Monti is expected to present a political agenda — pro-Europe, pro-reform, pro-fiscal rigor — and call on all parties to endorse it, aides said Friday.

Mr. Monti, an economist who has helped restore Italy’s international credibility but has suffered politically for championing a series of tax increases and budget cuts, has steadfastly refused to say whether he will run as a candidate or present an agenda that he hopes parties will endorse. Whether he does run or not, however, he has already radically shifted Italy’s political landscape.

With Italy facing economic uncertainty and sluggish growth, Mr. Monti has emerged as a centrist force in a field previously divided between the center-left Democratic Party of Pier Luigi Bersani, which opinion polls place first, and former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who has risen in polls since taking to the airwaves with a vocal populist message critical of Mr. Monti’s tax increases.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/22/world/europe/monti-resigns-in-italy-but-may-run-again.html

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Fri Dec 21, 2012, 05:37 PM

1. So, Italy may get one more chance to give itself "The Full Monti". n/t.

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Fri Dec 21, 2012, 06:14 PM

2. The propaganda begins in the headline. Monti never ran.

First, a blatant untruth:

Monti never ran.

The former Goldman Sachs advisor was never a candidate for prime minister and thus was never elected. His accession was the result of bankster pressure to put an austerity government in place, especially given the weakened and reluctant state of the Berlusconi government. Thus, if he leads a party into the next election, Monti will be running for the first time. Not "again."

Next, two phrases are not reporting, they are obvious editorial:

1) an economist who has helped restore Italy’s international credibility

correction: an economist who imposed an unpopular austerity regime favored by international banking

2) centrist

correction: neoliberal

The phrase "centrist" is always ideological. It's always bullshit. Among establishment writers it's tantamount to calling him the Good Guy in the movie.

Here's the better movie:

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