In his first speech the newly appointed President of Italy has confirmed that his mandate has, as an absolute priority, fighting against the mafia and corruption. In his words “Corruption has reached a level which is no longer acceptable. It uses up resources which could be used for the benefit of all our people”. I wish him luck and deserved success!
Italy's parliament has elected constitutional court judge Sergio Mattarella as the country's president. Mr Mattarella, 73, will succeed Giorgio Napolitano, 89, who stood down earlier this month citing "signs of fatigue". The result, confirmed on a third day of voting, will be seen as a boost for Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who nominated Mr Mattarella. Italy's president is largely a ceremonial role, but includes the power to appoint a prime minister.