Italy reborn after the pandemic deserves the leadership of the Atlantic Alliance

Italy reborn after the pandemic deserves the leadership of the Atlantic Alliance
Italy reborn after the pandemic deserves the leadership of the Atlantic Alliance

The compliments of a lady, especially if her name is Angela Merkel, are always nice. And even more pleasure is the declared and rather disorienting envy of the former German chancellor for this Italy never seen before: an Italy that, having grown up grazing in the queues of every European ranking, unexpectedly stands out in terms of its ability to govern the pandemic. Which, just to give the correct practical transposition of primacy, means having saved many human lives and having saved more than others.

Well, then, the appreciations of Mrs. Merkel, but it must be said that there are many other signs of this unprecedented effectiveness and of this even more unprecedented collection of international credit. We are, with Mario Draghi as President of the Council, the most authoritative country in Europe and now that the United Kingdom has decided to leave Europe, we are also the European country considered most reliable by the United States of America. A declining America, all right. An America less and less at the center of global geopolitics, there is no doubt. But still America, the country on which the West still pivots.

Well, in addition to the fact that, after twenty years of downgrades, in recent days the Fitch agency has raised the Italian rating, the news is that today Italy can legitimately aspire to lead the Atlantic Alliance. It hasn’t happened for fifty years. The first and last Italian elected secretary general of NATO was the liberal Manlio Brosio, in office from 1964 to 71. After him nothing more. A glimmer of hope lit up in 2014, when Franco Frattini and Jeans Stoltemberg competed for the position. But as it lit up, hope died in a whisper.

This time it’s different. This time Italy can count on US support and, thanks also to the Quirinal Treaty which provides for enhanced collaboration between Rome and Paris on foreign affairs, security and defense, on the support of France. It is no coincidence that Macron has already stopped the British ambitions of succession to Norwegian Stoltemberg.

The NATO summit convened in Madrid for next June will sanction the name of the new general secretary, but the game, of course, will be played earlier: between January and March. Also for this reason it would be advisable for the Italian political system to face it in conditions of stability and for Mario Draghi to play it in the interest of Italy. From Palazzo Chigi, of course.

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