“Thanks to the courage of the Resistance” – “Even today we are at a turning point after two major global crises, the economic one and that of Covid “. With the republican choice,” a history of freedom opened, after the twenty years of the fascist dictatorship “, underlined Mattarella.” It was not an easy start, 75 years ago. The new season had been prepared in the darkest years, by the women and men who had had the courage to resist and fight. The Republic had prevailed by two million votes, but the result had not been homogeneous and, in a country on its knees, there was the risk of a rift between the South and the North. It was precisely the republican choice that made it possible to root, in the profound sentiment of the people, the reasons for stronger unity and cohesion “.
The quote from De Gregori – In his speech, the President of the Republic quoted a verse from the famous song by Francesco De Gregori “We are history”. Speaking of the Republic, Mattarella said: “It is the story of the formation and growth of a community. A beautiful piece by De Gregori says ‘we are the story, no one feels excluded'”.
“The Constitution shows us the way to go” – Italy “was rebuilt from the rubble”, continued the Head of State. The Constitution “has shown the Republic the way to go. This is the founding idea of the Republic, of a living Constitution, which is realized every day in the behavior, in the choices, in the assumption of responsibility of its citizens, at all levels and in any role “.
“Italy has what it takes to make it” – Italy, according to Mattarella, “has what it takes to make it”. La Repubblica “has values and resources to face these challenges openly. It has extraordinary potential. The unparalleled heritage of art and culture, which has its roots in the past and which continues to express itself and speak to the world thanks to admired interpreters and intelligences everywhere. It has creativity, skills and abilities that make us a cutting-edge country in many sectors “.
“We are not yet at full equality between men and women” – Speaking of social issues, Mattarella stated that “we are not yet at the goal of full equality between men and women. Above all with regard to the condition of women in the world of work, their number, salary, career prospects, protection of motherhood, to the conciliation of times. Inequalities remain while the unacceptable violence against them grows “.
“EU oasis of peace and our great resource” – The President of the Republic then spoke on the European Union, defining it “a great resource. A difficult construction, which has not always developed linearly. The EU itself is the daughter of the republican choice. Europe is the fulfillment of of national destiny, a place and garrison of democratic sovereignty. It is an oasis of peace in a world of wars and tensions. The thread woven with the Risorgimento and the Resistance here recomposes the canvas of a democratic civilization that knows how to speak to the world, without to be at the mercy of the forces and powers that dominate it “.
“Unbearable tax evasion and deaths at work” – Mattarella therefore insisted on the centrality of social issues. “Still too many injustices, still inequalities. Still unbearable conditions for the collective conscience, such as tax evasion or deaths at work. The memory of Luana D’Orazio’s smile commits everyone to the duty to address the issue of worker safety with determination and with rigor “.
To parties: “Democracy is more important than interests” – Democracy is “something more than a set of rules: it is a continuous process in which the possible composition of aspirations and intentions is sought, in the awareness of the centrality of people, more important than interests. In this process, a fundamental role is played by the parties, the social forces, the subjects of civil society play a role. At times the institutions may seem fragile, exposed to unprecedented challenges “.