Sunday, 21 November 2010

Chickens Come Home to the Roost


(Felix_Nine, Chaos 4 Fun)

[Edoardo Montenegro, Turin] - As the crisis approaches the Parliament, Italy seems beyond a point of no return (1). After passing the financial stability law, on December 14th lawmakers will have to decide whether to pull the plug on the Government or not (2).

As Gianfranco Fini announced in his speech in Perugia, this week officials belonging to Future and Freedom resigned from the Government (3). Moreover, the Minister of Equal Opportunities Mara Carfagna is now threatening to quit (4).

Even though everything seems lost, Silvio Berlusconi is not willing to give up (5). He is now asking for what is constitutionally impossible (6): early elections to be called just for the Chamber of Deputies and not for the Senate (7).

Unfortunately, Italy is facing at the same time a deep political crisis and the world economic turmoil (8): in this context, early elections look incredibly dangerous (9). Given for granted that Silvio Berlusconi will not be able to gain support from the Parliament, his opponents and former allies will have to get together in order to face several emergences.

First, a newly-appointed government will have to reform the electoral law following the French or the German model (10).

Second, the conflict of interest in the media has to be immediately removed (11).

Third, Italy has a lot of work to do in order to redress its economic system and hold down public debt, starting from investing soon in new sectors and increasing the average size of businesses (12).

If Silvio Berlusconi steps down, the Finance Minister Giulio Tremonti might be asked to replace him (13). Otherwise, the Governor of the Bank Italy Mario Draghi is the most suitable candidate to keep together an extremely heterogeneous constitutional coalition (14).

Hard is the road to freedom.

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(1) Claudio Tito, "Il momento della verità", repubblica.it, November 13th 2010.

(2) "Camera e Senato: fiducia il 14 dicembre. Bossi: 'Governo fino a 27 marzo'", repubblica.it, November 16th 2010.

(3) Stacy Meichtry, "New Resignations Add Pressure on Berlusconi", online.wsj.com, November 16th 2010.

(4) Carmelo Lopapa, "Mara tradita nell'ultima battaglia: 'Ormai nel partito comandano gli affaristi'", repubblica.it, November 20th 2010.

(5) Marcello Sorgi, "Il Cavaliere tenta la riscossa", lastampa.it, November 15th 2010.

(6) Gustavo Zagrebelsky, "La Costituzione privatizzata", repubblica.it, November 16th 2010.

(7) Stefano Rodotà, "Lo scioglimento ad personam", repubblica.it, November 15th 2010.

(8) Mario Deaglio, "L'Italia nel mezzo di due crisi", lastampa.it, November 13th 2010.

(9) Eugenio Scalfari, "L'ultima minaccia di Mackie Messer", repubblica.it, November 14th 2010.

(10) Giovanni Sartori, "Una repubblica assai confusa", corriere.it, November 18th 2010.

(11) Barbara Spinelli, "L'Italia del sottosuolo", repubblica.it, November 17th 2010.

(12) Gian Maria Gros-Pietro, "Il Paese si svegli, serve una scossa", Il Messaggero, November 15th 2010.

(13) Antonella Rampino, "Veltroni: 'La Lega è cambiata. Vuole Tremonti premier'", lastampa.it, November 21st 2010.

(14) Tonia Mastrobuoni, "Se l'Irlanda precipita Draghi a Palazzo Chigi", il Riformista, November 17th 2010.

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