It was Angela Merkel who pushed Mario Monti to take the field. The confirmation comes from the person concerned who, interviewed by Corriere della Sera, tells of how decisive the aperitif consumed in August 2012 on the terrace of the German chancellery was.
It was on that occasion that Merkel told him with extreme sincerity:“So far I and other European colleagues have thought that you would be the natural successor of Giorgio Napolitano at the Quirinale. But now I think, and I know that others also think, that from the point of view of Italy and Europe it would be even more important if you could continue to lead the government or ensure that a majority is formed in Parliament in line with the reform policy you started “. An interference or advice from ‘Mutti’? It is not known but, be that as it may, the experience of Civic Choice had a very unfortunate political life and denotes how strong the feeling between the two leaders was. Indeed, the German Chancellor immediately took a liking to Monti.“Mario, Nicolas and I are happy, also because you know economic issues better than we do, maybe you can help us find some solutions”, he told him in a courtesy phone call which was also attended by the then French president Nicolas sarkozy and that it was the prelude to a three-way meeting that was held on 24 November 2011 in Strasbourg. “It was a first contact, but we already made a small decision. I called it the doctrine of symmetrical silence: it would have been good for France to stop asking for a reduction in rates and Germany to stop saying no. We all committed ourselves to respecting independence. of the European Central Bank“Monti explains to the Corriere.
In short, from Monti’s words comes the clear and clear confirmation that in 2011 Silvio Berlusconi he was the victim of a coup carried out by the then President of the Republic Giorgio Napolitano, with the approval of the European chancelleries. The Bocconian Monti, former European commissioner (first to the internal market and then to the Competition), on 9 November of that year was appointed senator for life by the Head of State who, five days later, gave him the task of forming the government and to succeed Berlusconi. The leader of Forza Italia, after ten years, is still the last Prime Minister who has risen to Palazzo Chigi after having clearly won the elections. It was, therefore, just a knock devised by Merkel and Sarkozy, of which the former US Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner had already spoken in his book, to prevent the Knight from completing his mandate.