Conte’s double anguish: either Renzi or elections

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Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte attends a debate at the Senate prior to a confidence vote, in Rome, Italy January 19, 2021. Alessandra Tarantino/Pool via REUTERS

Days and hours pass, senators do not pass by the majority. Time passes and everything remains immobile, the great operation to enlarge the majority does not take off. Palazzo Chigi sees the slowdown of the train that should have flown responsible to replace living Italy, the fear is that it could run aground permanently, the Democratic Party but also the 5-star Movement are pressing, time is running out, the more it passes and the more the operation risks to collapse.

The Cesa effect heavily addressed the day in a negative mood, the news exploded in the morning of a guarantee notice from the Catanzaro prosecutor’s office for “criminal association aggravated by the mafia method” directed to the UDC secretary came like lightning to clear sky to disrupt, and for worse, the government’s plans. Because Lorenzo Cesa is (was he?) One of the possible “responsible” pivots of the operation, the three senators of the scudocrociato, if they are not decisive for the survival of the government, we are very close.

“The problem is that we were dealing with Cesa, so there is no political interlocutor, now who are we talking to?”, Says one of the most active bridge builders, who considers De Poli, one of the three UDCs at Palazzo Madama, to be lost. organic in the center, but which still sees good margins on the other two, Saccone and Binetti. But with the investigation between the head and neck of the party secretary, everything becomes damned more difficult.

The 5 stars started to boil. “There is a limit to everything”, is the message that most chases in the exchanges between grillini. In the five-star war room they are convinced that everything is now complicated. A senator, speaking of his colleagues, spreads his arms: “But do you think that our most barricaded wing would easily swallow a government with a party whose secretary is under investigation for relations with the ‘Ndrangheta? Okay we’re swallowing it all, but we’re still grillini. Can you see Lannutti voting for trust? ”. It is Alessandro Di Battista who enters with a straight leg, placing what appears to be a tombstone on what until yesterday was among the most concrete hypotheses of enlargement of the majority: “With whom is under investigation for criminal association in the context of a investigation of the ‘Ndrangheta is not spoken. Point”.

It is the intervention of Luigi Di Maio that puts what appears to be a tombstone on a possible agreement with the UDC: “The M5s will never be able to open a dialogue with subjects convicted or under investigation for mafia or serious crimes – explains the Foreign Minister. still today the figure of the greatest weight in the world of five stars – the consolidation of the government cannot take place at the expense of the moral question ”. The exegetes emphasize how Di Maio refers to individual subjects, not to the party, and they continue to believe in the possibility that something will move, but it is all incredibly difficult. There is no clear interlocutor, the operation that the construction of the group of managers at Palazzo Madama wanted around the UDC symbol is likely to blur.

170 of them are needed, as per the bar set by Dario Franceschini, two or three less would be enough for a barely smooth sailing, in any case they are ten more than those who voted for trust last Tuesday, and the bill for now is still at an altitude. zero. At Palazzo Chigi they are convinced that a signal would be enough, a small landslide in Italy alive, some other defection in Forza Italia: it would be the snowball that would generate that small avalanche that would allow the operation to be carried through.

For this and to stir the waters after two days of total immobility, Conte has decided to give the delegation to the Secret Services to one of his trusted men. One less alibi for Matteo Renzi, but above all for that patrol of Renzian senators who continue to send messages to their leader on the fact that they would never vote no confidence in the government. A minority within the group of Iv, but who can change the fate of the game. Just as a signal is the very long list of meetings planned by the premier to discuss and improve the Recovery plan, from the unions to the Regions, passing through businesses and local authorities. The former scrapper to the microphones of Piazza Pulita launches an appeal that among the 5 stars they brand as desperate, “we still have time to stop and come back to confront each other”.

A stamp, that of despair, which is valid today but who knows tomorrow. From Pera to Schifani passing through the defugee Causin, Forza Italia is in trouble, anxious to keep together a group that listens to the provocative sirens of a legislature that could continue. But at the moment nothing is moving, and the great weaver of the Democratic Party Goffredo Bettini warns: “If in recent weeks we manage to consolidate the numbers well, otherwise we will go back to voting”. The hypothesis of the vote is the one that circulates in the M5s, more by tactics than by conviction: “In the end we will return with Renzi, you will see, and we will have to swallow it because no one wants to risk the polls”, says a deputy in the second legislature. There are only five days to avert the very real risk of going under the Senate on communications on justice by Alfonso Bonafede. For Conte, the main enemy is time.

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