After 11 years under the rule of the Fidesz government, the adoption of new controversial laws is a common practice, and rarely too much attention is paid to their potential long-term consequences. On April 27th, 2021, the Hungarian Parliament approved a new controversial law. With the new legislation, the transfer of vast amounts of state assets, universities, and other public institutions to government-aligned foundations was written into law – likely further tightening Fidesz’ power grab ahead of the 2022 elections.
In a short time, Prime Minister Draghi cleared the chain of command of Conte’s previous government, consistent with the premises that accompanied the establishment of the new government, characterised by the central role of the Prime Minister and his collaborators and their two main objectives: reach herd immunity and reignite the Italian economy through the Next Generation EU investments.
Following the COVID-19 pandemic, despite the resistance of Poland and Hungary, the European Commission allocated 750 billion euros to help European countries to cope with the deep undergoing economic crisis. This article provides an overview of the Recovery Fund, with a closer look at Italy and at Italian strategies by exploring possibilities and threats.