Italy’s Prime Minister Conte must avoid new elections

Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte

If the non-party Conte wants to prevent new elections, he must quickly find new supporters in parliament. Italia Viva provides 25 of the 630 parliamentarians in the lower house and 18 of the 315 senators.

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Rom Matteo Renzi has to endure a lot of malice on Twitter. Under the hashtag #Renzivergogna (in German: Renzi Schande), the 46-year-old is shown either as a riot in the US Capitol or as a baby with building blocks – which are not from Lego, but from “L’ego” – Italian for “the ego “.

The former prime minister has dominated Italian politics for weeks: with threats, ultimatums and personal attacks on his successor Giuseppe Conte. It is still a mystery what the leader of the dwarf party Italia Viva actually wants. What is clear is only what he does not want: to continue to support the current government. On Wednesday evening, Renzi dropped his political bomb – and withdrew his two ministers from the cabinet after the dispute over EU aid. In the middle of the health crisis, which has already caused almost 80,000 corona deaths, Renzi is now giving the country a political one.

The current situation is difficult to convey to the Italian people. According to a survey by the polling institute Ipsos, 46 percent of citizens do not understand the government crisis. 73 percent of those surveyed believe that Renzi is only pursuing his personal interests – or those of his party. Just 13 percent think that the ex-prime minister is acting in the interests of the country.

The senator from Florence was right in his criticism of the content: Italy’s first draft for the EU reconstruction fund was not very ambitious, included too many old projects, and had no clear focus on investments. The new version that the cabinet decided after Renzi’s Christmas threats is definitely the better one. Renzi could have booked that as a success. But he bit into the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), the billions of which he wanted to tap for the health system. It was clear from the start that the co-governing five-star movement would not move away from its no to the ESM.

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Right block at 46 percent

Prime Minister Conte now has to find a new majority in both chambers of parliament. Even if there are MPs there who do not belong to any parliamentary group, some opposition politicians are likely to be needed for an “alliance of those responsible”. Alternatively, there is already speculation about a non-partisan government of experts, which President Sergio Mattarella could convene.

If none of these scenarios work, the country would face new elections. The opposition is already scratching its feet. According to a survey on Monday, which the TV broadcaster “La7” commissioned, the right-wing populist Lega around former Interior Minister Matteo Salvini would be the strongest force in parliament with 23 percent. Even the right-wing national Fratelli d’Italia would get 17 percent more votes than the five-star rating. In addition, there would be around six percent of Silvio Berlusconi’s conservative Forza Italia. With a total of 46 percent, the way is not far to a right-wing majority.

That would not be good news for Europe and the world. Under Conte, the country has shown itself to be a reliable partner. The non-party lawyer appeared as a persistent negotiator vis-à-vis Brussels, especially in the dispute over the Corona development fund. Nevertheless, he was always pro-European, emphasizing several times that Europe owed the historic opportunity to be able to redesign the country with the many billions.

In the right-wing bloc, on the other hand, there are EU skeptics like Salvini, who has already proclaimed the “Italexit” based on the British model and railed against migrants, plus a party leader in Fratelli leader Giorgia Meloni who has never officially distanced herself from fascism. The ray of hope in this trio would then actually be an 84-year-old political warrior whose party demands more political competencies for Europe and works with the CDU in the EU Parliament: Silvio Berlusconi.

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Panella, Tagadà traveling in the Italy that is starting again – Culture & Shows

The journey intoItaly that starts again, politics seen through the eyes of those who govern the territories, the word to the experts to answer questions about the post lockdown that are still open, the switchboard is always running to collect doubts, concerns, requests for clarification: Tiziana Panella is ready to return to the helm of Go back, the in-depth space of the afternoon La7, including current affairs stories, news, costumes, broadcast from tomorrow at 2.30 pm with the sixth edition.
“We are facing this season with particular concern – admits the journalist -. We went on the air during the lockdown, in very tiring conditions, trying to imagine how it would go in September. Today we find ourselves immersed in darkness: we don’t know what will happen. , we are beset by new anxieties. Indeed, paradoxically, isolation suggested a greater sense of protection, while now we all feel more exposed to the risks of contagion “. The Covid will continue to guide, inevitably, topics and lineup choices: “We will still have, within the entire episode, the column ‘All’esperto I ask’ – says Panella – to try to clear the field from the jumble of questions, as well as the constitutionalist Alfonso Celotto will guide us in the interpretation of the ordinances. ” But the idea is also “to tell Italy that is trying to start again, giving space to the protagonists, even in unknown places, in order to return a real photograph of what is happening. The correspondents, who have done a fantastic job, without save themselves, maintaining the right balance between distance and empathy, between pain and fatigue, they are already back on the field: for example we will be in Vo ‘Euganeo, one of the epicenters of the pandemic, to understand who the inhabitants are, how they live now, what habits they had to give up “.
The rebus of the reopening of schools will be a central theme, “it is a decisive appointment, even for children”, as well as “politics seen through the difficulties faced by those who also manage small towns, with a cut linked to the territory, therefore rather than the major issues of the national debate “, the 52-year-old journalist, formerly of Rai and since 2001 on La7, is keen to underline.
Tagadà also wants to “deepen that vocation of service that we developed in the most difficult weeks of the emergency, when many phone calls arrived at night and during the day: at first there was only fear, then the desire to share the anxiety of loneliness, the uncertainties of isolation, then more specific requests, relating to the behaviors to be adopted to return to live ‘in the world’.
We will keep the direct line with the public, who demand competence: it is a responsibility – concludes Panella – but also an exciting challenge “.


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press office of the most sinister left “- Libero Quotidiano

More than an interview, it seemed like a siege. And it seemed to many. There is talk of the episode of PiazzaPulita on Thursday 26 March, the return of Matteo Salvini after more than three years and the confrontation in video call with a wild Corrado Formigli, conductor who has never hidden his resentment towards the leader of the League (widely reciprocated) . Not questions, but accusations. Not even the time to answer, or try, and it rained a new accusation. Salvini was accused of “sins” on the coronavirus committed, for example, even by a Giuseppe Conte, but the Prime Minister never mentioned Formigli. Biased. Faziosissimo. And the same leader of the Carroccio, at the end of the episode, said it clear and round on Twitter: “But how biased are certain transmissions? In a little while the fault of the virus will be mine, of the League and of the sovereigns, and the Lombard health (among the best in the world) is a disaster. Holy patience. I’ll be back to work with the mayors, I love you! “he chirped. And now, here is also raining the harsh tweet of Vittorio Feltri, the director of Libero who has more than a doubt about the interview a few hours ago: “Formigli instead of interviewing Salvini shoots at him without giving him the opportunity to respond – said the director of Libero – democratic method in use in La7, press office of the most sinister left “, concludes Vittorio Feltri.