Italian Prime Minister Sylvio Berlusconi has joined the ever increasing heap of former Prime Minister's of various countries. He resigned yesterday and today, November 13, 2011, Mario Monti had been named as his replacement.
Mr Monti is described as a Technocrat and he is the new Italian PM designate. He was appointed by Italian President Giorgio Napolitano. He was not elected by the people although of course the people may be quite happy with this new PM.
If you are like this writer the irony of the current situation and changes in the Eurozone will not have escaped you. First though just who is Mario Monti?
Mario Monti was born 19 March 1943. He is an Italian economist and politician who held the post of European Commissioner for two terms. He is currently a member of the Italian senate. This means that unlike Mr Papademos in Greece he has some political knowledge. He is also a very experienced economist. Whether that is a good thing who knows.
The irony lies in the fact that he is not an elected leader. He has never held an elected political office.The West has been at pains to berate the aged Middle Eastern leaders who pass leadership from one to another. Currently European countries are being taken over by non elected leaders. All are said to be in post temporarily. That remains to be seen.
As men like Monti and Papdemos have been embroiled in European affairs for so long what instills such confidence in them? Their track record cannot be good. Of course they may be just the men to impose strict austerity measures. They will not be chasing the electorate's vote as they did not have that in the first place.
You have to wonder if these men were not perhaps part of the problem with the eurozone. Maybe though they were the only people wanting to take on such a role.
Mr Berlusconi it appears will continue in Parliament. Mr Monti will have to secure a majority backing in Parliament in order to push through the EU austerity measures needed. In the end it appears to be immaterial if the Italian people want Monti as the money men and women do.