Italy appoints veteran economist Barbieri as new Treasury head

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By Giuseppe Fonte ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s government appointed on Thursday veteran economist Riccardo Barbieri as director general of the Treasury, replacing Alessandro Rivera in the influential position. The move marks a victory for new Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, who was looking to remove Rivera and put her stamp on key positions within Italy’s powerful state bureaucracy. Barbieri, 64, was the ministry’s chief economist before being promoted. Previously he has worked for major investment banks, including J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America-Merrill Lynch and Mizuho Securities. “A…

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