No postponement, the Zan bill is destined for the wall against the wall

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ROME, ITALY – JULY 13: Deputy Alessandro Zan participates at the demonstration near the Senate to support Zan Law against homotransphobia, misogyny and ableism, on July 13, 2021 in Rome, Italy. The debate on the Law against homotransphobia, named after Alessandro Zan, its promoter, begins today in the Senate. Collectives and associations of the LGBTQ+ community are calling for the law to be passed without compromises and discounts. (Photo by Simona Granati – Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)

It ends wall to wall. Farewell to the opening of dialogue on the Zan bill. Lega, Forza Italia and FdI, plus Italia Viva, propose a week of postponement of the vote on the “non-passage to the articles” scheduled for tomorrow in the Senate to seek an agreement in the meantime. But Pd, M5S and Leu resist, they do not want to deal “with a gun aimed at the head”, they ask for the renunciation of what Letta defines “a tombstone”. The calendar does not change: at the end of a day of accelerated negotiations the agreement remains on the high seas and tomorrow the count will decide the fate of the text against homotransphobia. The very high risk is precisely that of the secret vote: the leaguers have the request ready (the signatures of 20 senators are needed), while the Democratic Party hopes that President Casellati has room not to grant it.

Hours of crossed meetings and explorations are not enough to make the Northern League “trap” disappear. That threat that Letta and the center left want to remove from the table before opening a dialogue on controversial points (freedom of opinion, demonstrations at school and this time also gender identity). The center-right proposes in vain the postponement of a week. The League leader Romeo becomes impatient: “We offered one more option, they said no, that’s okay”. Italia Viva agrees on the postponement (indeed, claims to have asked for it first), even if the group leaders Boschi and Faraone have guaranteed the Dem Malpezzi and Mirabelli that their votes will not fail. Letta and Renzi feel directly. Two hours of table summoned a little by the president of the Ostellari Justice Commission (and deserted by M5S and Leu) end with bright tones – especially between the League and the Democratic Party – and nothing done. In the evening, the group leader renounces the postponement unanimously.

It is the end of a day where tactics are (still) the master. A match game in which no one wants to reveal the cards. In the morning, in the direction of his party, Letta claims the “rigid and determined line” held before the summer and up to now, which made it possible to reach the threshold of the classroom: “But now is the time to seek an agreement for bringing home the result is not a battle of testimony but a concrete political commitment ”. The Nazarene has already brought the olive branch: the willingness to negotiate also on article 1, as well as on 4 and 7. The secretary appeals to all political forces to avoid the secret vote: “It would be the tombstone on bill, a slap, instead the majority of Italian society wants it “. Alarm raised (in solitude) by the blue Elio Vito: “Fi and center-right do not ask for secret votes, the law protects people from hatred and discrimination”.

At lunchtime, Zan’s exploration starts, which has the mandate to check the margins for a broad agreement: “Changes yes, but without selling off the principles of the law” he warns. He sees the groups of the former Giallorossi majority (Nencini aside) to lock down the road map. The key meeting is with the Renzian group leaders Boschi and Faraone, who ask for a return to the Scalfarotto text – that is the previous version released by the Chamber – but swear loyalty: “Shared changes, those who say no will take the responsibility of burying the law”. The perimeter is drawn, but it is not enough.

At the same time, the chairman of the Ostellari Justice Commission reopened the group leaders’ table, calling – somewhat surprisingly – majority and opposition in the afternoon. And “inviting” the same deputy Zan, initially not foreseen. The Northern League player Romeo, the trooper Bernini, the leader of the Autonomies Julia Unterberger sit down. But the move displaces and irritates the center-left: “What is the capacity of Ostellari?”. At that point the Democratic Party, with Simona Malpezzi, goes to reiterate that first the path is cleared and only afterwards it can be dealt with, while Cinquestelle Licheri and Loredana De Petris from Leu do not participate. “Yes to dialogue, but first the center-right must get rid of the trap – argues De Petris – They too must give a signal of availability”. They want a reversal of method now.

Yes, because in the meantime the rumor is spreading that the League has ready the request for a secret vote to be presented in the classroom and Casellati is already studying the situation to decide. The tension rises. The Democratic Party does not yield: the 2 thousand amendments are one thing, the threat of making all the articles disappear is another. From the Nazarene they flaunt strong nerves. A blatant vote would be another story. “Irresponsible to go to court without an agreement” Faraone comments. Tomorrow we will see.


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