Italy: Moody’s drives in another nail

5 October 2011 – Presseurop Corriere della Sera
Corriere della Sera, 5 October 2011

"Italy, another painful judgement", headlines Corriere della Sera after Moody's downgraded Italy’s debt rating from AA2 to A2, with a "negative outlook" that could lead to further cuts. The agency's decision, justified by "the country's vulnerability to financial shocks", comes after Standard&Poor's downgrading in September and puts pressure on the other major agency, Fitch, to do the same.

"Why do markets have Italy in their sights and not Spain", whose real economy is feebler, asks Corriere's leader. "Because we are not serious nor credible. Nobody wants to invest in Italy. Our image is shattered" after the government's inability to adopt budget measures required by the ECB. Economy minister Giulio Tremonti, locked in a long running battle with premier Silvio Berlusconi, commented that Spain is being spared because its shaky government has set a date for snap elections. Corriere shares this view: "this newspaper asked Berlusconi to do the same as Zapatero: announce he won't run again, call elections, avoid dragging down the entire centre-right. No answer".