The latest news from the center-right and the center-left. Paola Sacchi's note
At the time of the Union / Disunion of Romano Prodi's second government, ministers such as Paolo Ferrero of Rifondazione Comunista also went to the streets against the same executive to which they belonged. And even earlier, the government of the Olive tree, always led by Prodi, was brought down on the reduction of working hours by Fausto Bertinotti, leader of the PRC itself, the radical left, an inevitable component of all alliances on the left. From those of the former PCI-PDS-Ds to those of the last acronym, the Democratic Party, with the merger between ex-communists and ex-left DC of the Margherita, with some smaller post-socialist areas and others Catholics. An amalgamation, however, failed, to borrow a tranchant definition given, on one of the many occasions of changes with botanical symbols in the center-left, by Massimo D'Alema himself.
From the Oak to the Olive tree, all the times they have been alliances against more than for, against the governments of Silvio Berlusconi. Walter Veltroni himself, premier candidate who had tried to change the register and that is to no longer demonize his opponent as an enemy to be de-legitimized, eventually gave in to his original vocation on the left and also allied himself with Antonio Di Pietro's Italia dei Valori. Now, although Carlo Calenda tries to unload on Enrico Letta's Pd the problem of "managing" the radical left of Nicola Fratoianni and the Verdi of Angelo Bonelli, united not only against nuclear power but also "against gas" (he says with a joke , referring to the regasifiers Giorgia Meloni, president of FdI), the history of the front jumble of everything and its opposite, escaped from FI including, in order to beat the notorious “right”, repeats itself. In the background, the real cause of what appears to be a thirty-year-old compulsion to repeat on the left: the never-done Bad Godesberg .
History inevitably presents the very high price of never having come to terms with the only force of the left, reformist, modernizing and therefore inevitably anti-communist, the PSI of Bettino Craxi. Even now we hear words from the Democratic Party against presidentialism, which is part of the government program with the differentiated autonomy (with the fixed point of the pro-European position, in a "more political and less bureaucratic" EU and the Atlantic Alliance) initiated by the center-right, with a demonizing flavor used in 1979 against "The Great Reform", in the presidential sense, with streamlining of decision-making processes, launched by Bettino Craxi. Which is why he was painted in Forattini's cartoons with Fascist fez and boots.
But, especially given the very particular heterogeneity of the center-left, will it really be a bipolarizing confrontation by Enrico Letta against Meloni? Apart from the "third pole" that Matteo Renzi has in mind to do, ready to run alone, a bet now to the test of real numbers, the center-right on the other side, unlike the "jumble" (Giorgio Mulè, FI ) is compact. Even if within it there is a physiological ambition of each force to enhance its specific role and value. The agreement is that "whoever gets one more vote", in case of victory, will propose the premier. Meloni asserts the position of FdI first party according to all the polls and seems to stop Matteo Salvini on the proposal to indicate the names of ministers already now, even if the president of FdI does not rule out that some name can be made. But the leader of the League just yesterday going to Lampedusa reiterated, in the light of the results, with the sharp decrease in landings, obtained when he was Minister of the Interior, his wish, "thanks to the vote of the Italians" that "a man or woman of the League for a safer Italy, as we have ensured ”.
Salvini recalls that "there were more landings in the month of July alone than in all of 2019" and he does not give up the goal of his party becoming the first of the coalition. Berlusconi relaunches FI as the “pro-European, guarantee, Christian” center of the coalition and its number two Antonio Tajani announces the entry into the blue party of 200 administrators. The Cav, which envisages "a center-right, high-profile government, with excellent names", then defends Meloni, "a good minister in my governments", from the "shameful demonization that has affected all the center-right leaders from time to time" .
Berlusconi, whose candidacy for the Senate has been announced, confesses that he is conflicted about renouncing his role in Europe, where he thinks he is "more useful" (he is an MEP) to relaunch his role, "to compare it with the US, Russia , China". The Cav also says that the League, despite being "different from us in language", "has shown responsibility and made an investment for the future by joining the Draghi government", even if it has paid a price in terms of consensus ".
As for the program, the leader of FdI stresses that "between us at most there can be differences on the nuances". The center-right is cemented in the anti-tax battle, so that "companies produce wealth", as Meloni reiterates. The reduction in the tax burden is theoretically also in the Letta-Calenda program. But Letta himself has meanwhile already proposed the inheritance tax. And the reduction in the tax burden, desired like the regasifiers, in the Calenda program, now how can we reconcile it with Fratoianni and Bonelli? With which the Democratic Party tries to separately close an agreement on the candidacies. Agreement, however, if it is reached, in the political substance that has the effect a bit of a picture of Harlequin.
This is a machine translation from Italian language of a post published on Start Magazine at the URL https://www.startmag.it/mondo/letta-meloni-coalizione-centrosinistra/ on Fri, 05 Aug 2022 05:40:58 +0000.