Italian prime ministers come and go at a speed that sometimes makes it hard for international observers to remember their names.

That will hardly be the case with the nation's latest leader, Mario Draghi, who was sworn in on Saturday backed by a broad cross-party coalition trying to drag Italy out of a dramatic economic slump triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Dubbed ‘Super Mario’ by Italian media (after the iconic 1980s video game character), hopes are high that the former president of the European Central Bank (ECB) will stabilise crisis-struck Italy, much as he did the euro in 2012 when he promised to do “whatever it takes” to save the EU’s common currency.