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Draghi’s Agenda Faces Resistance From His Staunchest Ally

May 27, 2021, 3:18 PM

Mario Draghi’s staunchest political backers have become an unexpected thorn in the side for the Italian prime minister.

In theory, the Democratic Party’s moderate, pro-European agenda is a perfect match for Draghi and should make it the anchor of the premier’s broad but fractious coalition. In recent weeks, though, the Democrats have grown annoyed at Draghi’s perceived slights on everything from the pandemic to taxes to hiring.

Italy’s main center-left party has been pushing to extend a firing freeze that Draghi wants to curtail as a boost to companies while the premier is blocking the Democrats demands for higher ...