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canadian goose jacket ROME (Reuters) When Mario Monti became Italian prime minister last November it seemed he could do no wrong. Borrowing costs fell and praise poured in from commentators, international bodies and political leaders on both sides of the Atlantic.
Italy Canada Goose sale Prime Minister Mario Monti reacts during a news canada goose clearance conference about the labour reforms in Rome April 4, 2012. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
buy canada goose jacket cheap Now the former economics professor faces falling approval ratings, criticism of his reforms, rising bond yields and a feeling he may not be able to revolutionize Italy after all.
Monti says his reforms of pensions, the service sector and the labor market lay the foundations for Italy to emerge from its record as one of the world most sluggish economies.
But he is increasingly isolated in that view and Italy, along with Spain, is again at the heart of fears that the euro zone debt crisis could worsen.
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Canada Goose Outlet Alberto Alesina of Harvard and Francesco Giavazzi of Milan Bocconi University said in a joint article in Corriere della Sera daily that a major overhaul of public spending was now only card left to play to improve Italy economic outlook.
Such criticism from academia would have been unimaginable a few months ago, yet canada goose uk outlet Monti is cheap canada goose uk having to defend his record as he comes under fire from business, the media and economists.
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Last week Monti accused the Wall Street Journal of judgments after the newspaper criticized his over labor reform in an editorial titled Italian Style
He canada goose factory sale had watered down his original reform proposal to ensure the backing of canadian goose jacket leftist supporters in parliament, scrapping a plan to allow firms to fire workers for business reasons without any risk of having to re instate them.
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canada goose store Last week it was back up to 3.9 points, although this was partly due to concerns about Spain.
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That reform abolished early retirement pensions based on the number of years worked and sharply raised the retirement age for women. It is seen as Monti most important achievement by far.
Canada Goose online By contrast his subsequent package to Canada Goose Outlet deregulate the service sector and his more recent reform of labor rules were both the product of lengthy negotiations with parties and pressure groups. They have drawn canada goose more skepticism than plaudits.
from pensions, on all the other fronts, from liberalizations to canada goose uk black friday the labor market, everything has remained substantially unchanged, said Fabio Scacciavillani, chief economist of the Oman Investment Fund and formerly at Goldman Sachs and the European Central Bank.
canada goose clearance sale After months of silence his predecessor as economy minister, Giulio Tremonti, attacked Monti last week, saying he was choking the Canada Goose Parka economy with cascade of taxes Despite being in Monti majority in parliament, the centre right Tremonti scorned his privatizations and insignificant de regulation steps.
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canada goose coats The central bank sent Berlusconi a letter last summer demanding swift reforms in return for buying Italian bonds on the market. But aside from pensions, Monti is still making very modest progress in fulfilling the ECB wish list.
It wanted the budget deficit to be cut to 1 percent of output this year by spending cuts Monti has a goal of 1.6 percent and two thirds of his fiscal consolidation has come from tax hikes which have deepened economic recession.
The ECB also called for full liberalization of local public services, through scale privatizations a reform of collective wage bargaining to tailor wages to firms specific needs and a overhaul of the public administration to improve business friendliness none of which Monti has begun.
RHETORIC A common complaint is the gulf between his rhetoric and actions. Critics say he convincingly explains the need for reform only for the measures to be less sweeping than anticipated.
cheap Canada Goose Before watering down his labor reform, he said he was no longer willing to negotiate with unions and threatened to step down if the country was not
question is not whether the country is ready, because it has already shown that it is, canada goose store the question is whether the government is ready, because so far its reforms have not lived up to expectations, said Alberto Mingardi, head of the free market Bruno Leoni think tank.