Paolo Romani: “Conte no, proportional yes”

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ROME, ITALY – MARCH 24: Paolo Romani (C) of Forza Italia political party, speaks with journalists after the election of Italian Senate President on March 24, 2018 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Antonio Masiello/Getty Images)

You senators of ‘Cambiamo’ seem to be Giuseppe Conte’s last resort to have a stable majority in the Senate. Are you interested in supporting this government?
“I don’t know if we’re the last resort, and we’re also out of season, but we’re definitely not a walkable beach. There is currently no possibility of imagining a path that can lead us to support the government ”.

Paolo Romani, former Minister of Economic Development, a long history in Forza Italia, now senator of the ‘Cambiamo’ movement together with Gaetano Quagliariello and Massimo Berutti, closes the possibility of being the fourth leg of the Conte II executive but rather opens up a path joint reform.

No support for Conte despite repeated requests? And even if a Count ter were created, as Bruno Tabacci asks?
“I remain fond of the proposal made by the minister and head of delegation Pd Dario Franceschini, that is to start a path of reforms starting from the rewriting of a new electoral law together. We are interested in a discussion of this type and it is a path that can see us as active participants ”.

And if you are guaranteed a proportional system, would you get a majority?
“The government majority and the reform path are two different things. We are interested in the latter. We have to work on a proportional system because the semi-majority has not brought political stability in this legislature. Today D’Incà, the Minister of Relations with Parliament, has hinged on the electoral law, it is a good sign. I have an absolute preference for the German system ”.

But we always return to the usual point. To make the reforms you need a stable government and, at least for now, there is no solid majority. How do you do if even you of ‘Cambiamo’ are willing to support Conte?
“This government structure is profoundly inadequate and very weak internally, so much so that recourse to elections seems to be the only school hypothesis. But on the other hand we are facing a pandemic, the vaccination plan that seemed to have taken a fast path, has proved unable to guarantee herd immunity in the short term. We are not sure of being able to avoid a third wave of infections and no one knows exactly how the pandemic will evolve. At the same time, complicated negotiations are underway with Europe on the definition of the plan for the use of the Recovery Fund funds. We badly need a stable and challenging political framework. “

Are they still contacting you in these hours to ask for support?
“We are not open to agreements, accords or bungled majorities. In the face of an emergency such as the one we are experiencing, one cannot imagine governing the country with a minority executive in one of the two chambers. It is quite another matter to start a path of reforms as proposed by Franceschini. “

So an external support?
“The rules are always written, or very hopefully, together with the widest possible representation of political forces, the majority and the opposition.”

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