President Franco Pavoncello on Italian Political Situation

President Franco Pavoncello

President Franco Pavoncello

JCU President Franco Pavoncello was recently interviewed by The Guardian and Xinhua News on Italy’s current political situation. Conflicts between the two parties in the coalition government have intensified in the wake of last month’s European Parliament elections, where the  League party, led by Matteo Salvini, greatly surpassed the Five-Star Movement, headed by Luigi Di Maio. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte held a press conference on June 3, where he threatened to resign if deputy prime ministers Salvini and Di Maio could not put aside their differences. In the articles, President Pavoncello says that he does not think Salvini will hasten Conte’s departure and the collapse of the government.

A professor of Political Science and leading analyst of Italian politics, Dr. Pavoncello’s work has appeared in, among others, the American Political Science Review, the British Journal of Political Science, Asian Studies, and World Affairs. He is also a well-known media commentator on Italian affairs, a contributor to major international newspapers such as the New York Times and the International Herald Tribune, and he appears regularly on radio and television networks including CNN, BBC, Reuters Press and TV, and many other media organizations.

Read “News Analysis: Italy PM’s resignation threat a warning to Salvini” (Xinhua News)

Read “Italian PM’s threat to quit leaves ball in Salvini’s court” (The Guardian)