A more united center-right, but woe to repeat the mistakes of the past and think of isolating Meloni

The center-right, as is known, is now divided nationally, we hope for a fixed term, between the League, Forza Italia, other centrist subjects, who support the government of Mario Draghi, and Fratelli d'Italia who instead chose to oppose the national unity executive headed by the former governor of the European Central Bank. In addition to this, the alternative world to the Democratic Party and the 5 Star Movement has been in the grip of a sort of agitation for days, not so much due to a consensus crisis, (indeed, the polls smile a little at all the center-right forces, also to Forza Italia which still maintains a hard core), but due to some positioning and repositioning between neighboring parties.

The new centrist political creature of Giovanni Toti and Luigi Brugnaro, who paraded some parliamentarians in Forza Italia and will inevitably try to draw votes in the same lake as the Azzurri, seems to have blown the nerves, upon his arrival, both to Silvio Berlusconi and to Antonio Tajani. Matteo Salvini's proposal to federate the center-right political forces is causing discussion and has already received some no and some yes. One would not be thinking of a single party or even a new formation, perhaps the result of the merger between Lega and Forza Italia. The idea would be to bring closer the center-right parties, primarily the Carroccio and Berlusconi's party, which are part of the government majority, even if it does not close, with a coordination of parliamentary groups more marked than the current one. at least on a formal level, to the Brothers of Italy. Salvini says that a more assiduous and organized interaction of center-right deputies and senators can in the meantime help to better counter the offensive of the Democratic Party and satellites on issues such as assets or the Ius Soli .

In this regard, the leader of the League is not wrong, but, in addition to the just motivation of the need to more effectively oppose the wishes of the left, which are also inappropriate in a government like the present one, some political and ideal content should be attributed to the hypothetical federation. . Otherwise, the risk would be that of a shortness of breath operation. Of course, for now there is no talk of mergers and new political containers, but if two or more parties choose to federate it is evident that they do not exclude the possibility of forming a new aggregation together, perhaps in perspective and not immediately. The mischievous say that Salvini intends to "eat" Forza Italia, but in reality it is among the Azzurri that the need to redefine the future begins to circulate, both due to the age of Silvio Berlusconi and the lack of valid successors of the founder. In fact, the Salvinian proposal of the federation immediately obtained an opening by Cav.

Therefore, if an even more demanding horizon of the federation cannot be excluded, it is necessary, precisely in order not to repeat the same mistakes, to go back to the frailties of the now defunct People of Freedom, which did not have a very long life. The PDL was the first single party, so to speak, of the center-right, which went far beyond the concept of mere federation, but its birth was not accompanied by the enthusiastic conviction of all the founders. We remember the push and pull of Gianfranco Fini (first no and then yes to the dissolution of the National Alliance in the PDL). Nobody bothered, at the top level, to enrich the new and great center-right party with contents, even different and competitive among themselves, as happens in the Anglo-Saxon mass parties. We limited ourselves to keeping governments on their feet and focusing on Berlusconi's personal charisma, but when Berlusconi began to decline, the People of Liberty also came down like a house of cards.

If they proceed to federation, Lega and Forza Italia will have the duty to clarify themselves from an ideal point of view, starting, for example, from their respective and different locations in Europe, and from the different judgments about this European Union. Giorgia Meloni feels extraneous to this operation, and, to tell the truth, both Salvini and Berlusconi are not struggling too much to involve the Brothers of Italy, but the Lega-FI federation would be bankrupt if it were based only on the desire to isolate the Meloni or oppose its political growth. In addition to the fact that the real opponents of Lega and Forza Italia are found elsewhere, a possible conventio ad excludendum against the Brothers of Italy would only strengthen this party even more, which, a fortiori, could better claim its own underlying consistency.

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