The reactions to the interview granted yesterday by Renato Brunetta to the Republic are the very manifestation of the problem posed by the minister. Forza Italia responded with a silence of various interpretations: embarrassment, cowardice, waiting, inability to understand, survival instinct. Outside Forza Italia – in the allied parties and in the area newspapers – there has been a focus on zero-kilometer collateral aspects: whether there is a space for the center in bipolar tensions, whether the moderates are so attractive to the right, like Campania or they die above or below this or that electoral law, if the opposition to the mortal enemy of the left is not pre-eminent, what effects it will have on the election of the President of the Republic and so on. Brunetta’s great failure – if failure will be and in any case fail can be intoxicating – is that when she spurs the right to emancipate itself from the anachronistic pettiness of sovereignism, she gets a sovereign debate in return.
Involuntary, perhaps, but sovereignty seems to be the only horizon of the sovereignists and also of the anti-sovereignists. Even on the left, where Brunetta’s words were greeted with some distracted kindness, we didn’t go beyond the concrete repercussions of the moment: good idea, but then? And that is, with Brunetta’s proposal, to get rid of melonism and sovereignty to recover the great traditions on which Europe was built – the popular, the liberal, the socialist – what do we do? A party? An alliance? And how many votes does he have? And what repercussions will there be on the Draghi government? And is it used to take Draghi to the Quirinale or keep him at Palazzo Chigi? I got sick. Because it seemed to me – I’ll be wrong – that Brunetta looked beyond the palace walls, even beyond Chiasso or beyond Lampedusa and to the east of Gorizia and to the west of Ventimiglia. It seemed to me that he posed a broader theme than that, very important for charity, of the upcoming political elections and of which sides and which leaders, it seemed to me that he spoke not so much about Italy but about the role of Italy in Europe and the role of Europe in the world, and if all this seems to us too vast, or of an absolutely elusive vastness, then greetings and kisses.
It seemed to me that he was talking about the famous planisphere we have already written about, if it is still the one of yesterday with Europe in the center, America on the left and Asia on the right, or is it today’s planisphere, with the Pacific in the center, Asia on the left and America on the right, and marginal Europe in the little corner up there. It seemed to me that he was reporting the daily editorials and analyzes of the major international newspapers, which every day face the formidable military challenge between the United States and China around Taiwan and the crucial trade challenge between the Chinese Silk Road and the Quad of the Western Democratic Alliance. which runs from Washington to Tokyo via New Delhi and Canberra (but not Brussels). It seemed to me that he was talking about the nature of today’s political issues, climate change, the energy crisis, migration, covid, the digital revolution, which are all global issues and are so spiteful that they cross borders without asking for permission. He seemed to me to be asking if we want to face all this with Giorgia Meloni or Mario Draghi, or rather with a Melonian or Draghian vision, and that is, if we want to face it from Budapest, Warsaw and Rome, locked inside their proud customs, locked up in villages. at the edge of the world, or we want to get it into our heads that the world is different and we must equip ourselves to face it with some hope of making our voice resound. If we want to stay in the little corner up there, in an even smaller point than the little corner up there, or we think of conquering a space on the planisphere again.
It is simply necessary to begin to think like this, to reason like this, and to live like this. The right, the left, the parties, the coalitions and the various cracklings will be a natural consequence, and that goes well beyond the exit polls of 2023.