Escape from Forza Italia: the blue group in the Lombardy Regional Council risks reaching the end of 2021 with only 4 or 5 regional councilors (currently there are eleven, including Fabio Altitonante who is under investigation). According to La Stampa, the president of the Regional Council Alessandro Fermi (who apparently will leave after the vote in the local elections) would leave the party of Silvio Berlusconi at the Pirellone; the regional councilor Mauro Piazza, whose change of jacket could take place in the next few hours; the councilor for education Fabrizio Sala, whose entry into the League should take place by the end of the year; Undersecretary Alan Christian Rizzi, currently Undersecretary of the Lombardy Region with responsibility for Relations with International Delegations. The councilor Simona Tironi would also be leaving Forza Italia: it is not clear to date, however, whether Tironi will merge into the Lega or into the Brothers of Italy. And still in the League in the coming days, Viviana Beccalossi from Brescia, currently in the Mixed Group, should approve.
Another very fluid situation is that concerning Fratelli d’Italia which for months has been carrying out a purchasing campaign within the Lombardy Regional Council: if after the 2018 regional elections there were only two councilors of Giorgia Meloni’s party, today there are six. And the prospect is that they will become eight – that is, quadruple – before the 2021 municipal vote: over the weekend Meloni will be in Milan and precisely in that venue the change of coat of a regional councilor of the Five Star Movement could take place: corridor rumors speak by Andrea Fiasconaro but the interested party, reached by La Stampa, “categorically denies”. A second defector – more likely, however, from majority parties – could arrive at the beginning of October. In short, relations within the majority of the Pirellone are changing, with Forza Italia threatening to thin out more and more, Brothers of Italy continuing to erode advisors both on the right and on the left (in recent months it had discussed the transition from Italia Viva a FdI by Patrizia Baffi) and Matteo Salvini’s League trying to defend the fort.