Comments by Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte

  • Economy will recover in 2019
  • Will hit 'full steam' in 2H 2019

And when June/July comes about, expect lawmakers to blame the inability to post solid growth momentum on some other external factor. Given the state of the global economy and how the region is struggling, it's hard to see how Italy is going to post a decent recovery this year.

Sure, the economy may get out of recession-like growth but it's surely not going to improve by leaps and bounds. I mean when you look at quarterly growth in the country, it hasn't really recovered in a meaningful way since the global financial crisis:

Italy GDP