The armchair has not yet become free (and could even remain occupied) and the “new olive tree” is already fighting it. In the coldness with which the proposal of the secretary of the Democratic Party, Enrico Letta, was accepted, the case of the seat of Enrico Gualtieri emerges, which if elected mayor of Rome in the ballot against the center-right candidate Enrico Michetti would remain vacant.
And so, in addition to the national logic, which sees M5S and Pd lined up side by side against the center-right, there would also be personal ones: with the center-left candidate elected mayor, Giuseppe Conte could aim for the seat in the Chamber left free by Gualtieri. . However, it is unlikely that the Democratic Party will also give up in favor of what could – conditionally ever so obligatory – ally in the new thing of the center left.
In fact, there is also Italy alive to crave the possible vacancy in Montecitorio, with Matteo Renzi who relaunched Michele Anzaldi’s proposal that, with the great ideal of building a new center-left, we can start with the “unitary” candidacy of former Fim Cisl secretary Marco Bentivogli.
But what happens between the Democratic Party, the Five Star Movement and Carlo Calenda? In the party rooms, the alliance laboratory is in full swing. The liberal wing of the center-left that has found a new point of reference in Calenda is pressing because Letta, self-proclaimed federator of the center-left “campo largo”, cuts ties with the 5 Star Movement, which has come apart from the elections, to build a liberal democratic front . The new olive tree “is a total invention of the secretary of the Democratic Party”, says Matteo Richetti, Senator of Action very close to Carlo Calenda: “The ‘new olive tree’ does not exist and we are not part of a coalition that also includes Toninelli, Di Maio And with you”.
Enrico Letta glosses over the vetoes set by Calenda and Richetti and keeps the doors open to all reformist and progressive forces, from Conte to Renz.