Giancarlo Giorgetti has a leader: it’s Draghi

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GIFFONI VALLE PIANA, ITALY – JULY 30: Giancarlo Giorgetti attends the photocall at the Giffoni Film Festival 2021 on July 30, 2021 in Giffoni Valle Piana, Italy. (Photo by Ivan Romano / Getty Images)

The claim of the extension of the green pass as a “difficult” decision, taken by the government certainly not with a light heart, but a “measure to increase freedom” and avoid new closures that are feared by the productive and business world. And the evocation of the key leadership in the EU now that the German government of Angela Merkel is drawing to a close: “We have the most prominent figure, it’s Draghi”. As if to say, well beyond praise: it is good that it stays where it is. Giancarlo Giorgetti states that with Salvini they go “in love and in harmony”. But again, the distances between the government League, with the statements of the Minister of Economic Development, and the League of Struggle, with the leader who raises the fight over free tampons (rejected by the premier) are plastic. Offering his right to the umpteenth jab by the leader Dem Letta: “Salvini on the government agenda is irrelevant, Draghi does not follow him, and thank goodness that the main part of the League dissociates itself from the secretary”. Words that turn the knife in the plague of Northern League divisions on the “green card”, with Bagnai promoting the referendum to abrogate it and the No Vax minority in parliamentary groups pondering political capitulation. Accentuating the image of a party in difficulty between the ruling line on issues of public health and economy and the challenge to the last vote with the Brothers of Italy (who are in opposition) in view of the municipal authorities.

The Minister of Economic Development dubbed these readings as conspiracy, showing impatience towards those who would like to paint a cracked picture of relations, so fed up that he skipped the press conference of the last council of ministers to avoid “the game of conflicting questions”. Certainly, however, Salvini does not share the executive’s confidence in the imposition of the green pass in factories, schools and offices, as evidenced by the somersaults on the votes during the parliamentary conversion of the decrees. And now it is, aligned with Landini’s CGIL, on the “Piave line” of free tampons. Even today he reiterated: “We want to guarantee to all those who have made another choice (not to get vaccinated, ed) the opportunity to live, study, play sports, without spending 500 euros on tampons”. Here too, a choice opposed to Draghi’s decisions – for which the cost of the tampons is another strong incentive to get immunized – and also strongly supported by Forza Italia. The executive’s goal is to “induce” those who have not yet convinced themselves to immunize themselves, because there are currently no alternative scenarios for combating covid. And Giorgetti was very clear on the reasons behind the “difficult” decisions taken: “The alternative was to risk going back to situations that we would never want to see again”. That is, lockdowns, curfews and closures that the productive world of the North, but more generally the sectors of industry and commerce, fear vampires like garlic.

But the most attentive political observers also listened to the second part of the speech of number two in Via Bellerio, or the comparison of Draghi’s leadership with that – which is running out – of Chancellor Angela Merkel. “I am convinced that leadership is fundamental in politics – said Giorgetti – Merkel was the most important personality in Europe, but at the moment we have the most prominent figure, namely Mario Draghi”. An unsurprising certificate of esteem, given the minister’s relations with the premier who wanted him in a central department for the implementation of the Recovery. Nor is he isolated: among the European chancelleries, awaiting the German vote in October and the French presidential elections next spring, the Italian prime minister is seen as a staple of the “European system”. And the results of his “super green pass” which placed Italy at the forefront of anti-covid measures could confirm this. This is why, today, Draghi’s leadership is so strong that it is disputed between those who want him at Palazzo Chigi until the natural expiry of the legislature and those who would rather “move” him to the Quirinale. The Pd and the governist wing of Forza Italia are part of the first deployment, convinced that if Salvini eventually officially ranks the former ECB president for the Colle it would be to pull the plug from the government and (in agreement with Meloni) go to vote. The leader of the League still denied retro thoughts: “Staying in government with Letta, Di Maio and Conte is complicated, but I won’t let him massacre Italy for two years, let’s stay here”. And yet, there are those who read the evocation of Supermario’s leadership in the League’s home as putting their hands forward: “Giorgetti also knows that if Draghi goes to the Quirinale there will be no alternative to the polls – reasoned a center-right parliamentarian – and has time is needed to consolidate the positions of the governing League ”. Time will tell how the game that sees the post-government political framework of national unity at stake will end. And the Captain’s final choices.


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