Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi's economic and political legacy : The Indicator from Planet Money When Mario Draghi saved the euro with a 2012 speech, the world was in awe. Then he was called in to lead Italy's six motley political parties through the pandemic, and turn around Italy's economy.

Super Mario meets his match in Italy

Super Mario meets his match in Italy

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TOPSHOT - Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi looks on during the debate on government crisis following his resignation the week before, at the Senate in Rome on July 20, 2022. (Photo by ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP via Getty Images)
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"Whatever it takes." Those three words by Mario Draghi are widely credited as having saved the euro in 2012. About a decade later, "Super Mario" landed a job as the Prime Minister of Italy, tasked to reboot a stagnating and politically fragmented economy.

But on July 21, Draghi resigned from office. Find out why, and uncover the north star guiding Super Mario throughout his storied career on today's episode.

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