A two-hour face-off between Letta and Conte. Giuseppi’s press on cashback and elections

A two-hour face-off between Letta and Conte. Giuseppi’s press on cashback and elections
A two-hour face-off between Letta and Conte. Giuseppi’s press on cashback and elections

A business lunch in the center of Rome with Enrico Letta. A post on Facebook in the afternoon from his home, the real headquarters in the heart of the capital, in the midst of those buildings of power from which Giuseppe Conte has now remained outside. Settled, so to speak, the internal quarrels with the choice of the five vice presidents, the president of the M5s starts where he left off. From the Pd. From Nicola Zingaretti who was still dedicating words of esteem to him on Sunday, to Letta who would like him in his extra-large format Ulivo. Passing through the phone calls with his friend Goffredo Bettini, a theorist of the Giallorossi, who, however, now does not disdain the temptation of the republican maxi front. From moderate to grillini. Indeed, as explained yesterday in the newspaper, to Conte. Not so much to Luigi Di Maio, least of all to Beppe Grillo and the crazy top Virginia Raggi. This is the context in which the lunch at the restaurant and the subsequent message on Facebook are born.

Caught by a Tg3 troupe, the secretary and the lawyer chat after having eaten their meal. A meeting that lasted almost two hours. A “private” face to face says Letta immediately afterwards. “We talked about maneuver and post Covid policies,” dismantles the Conte mystery. Dal Nazareno add that the latest administrative ones were also discussed. Undoubtedly positive for the Democratic Party, with a bankruptcy and predictable outcome for the Five Stars, who get some extra seats only when they queue up to the center-left. And here it is, the Olive Tree. At the table this time the secretary dem plays the role of the protagonist. Beyond the ritual formula of the “cordial meeting”, the confrontation was not all roses and flowers. The well-informed speak of tones at times tense between the two party leaders. There are distances on early voting. A point on which Conte continues to insist, projected towards a ministry, with the dream of Palazzo Chigi still not completely hidden away. On the Letta issue, at the moment, he does not seem willing to give in, taking the risk of sending the country to the polls in 2022. And then there is the composition of the new Olive Tree. The former advocate of the Italian people would like the Giallorossi: Pd, M5s, forces of the left. The secretary aims for the largest possible coalition. And it seems unwilling to give up Matteo Renzi and Carlo Calenda. Two names on which there is always the veto, apparently insurmountable, by Conte. Which starts again with the citizenship income, the super bonus and the cashback. These are the three stakes placed in the star leader’s post in view of the debate on the maneuver. And then «it’s time for the Superbonus, created by the 5 Star Movement». Conte replies to the president of Confindustria Carlo Bonomi, who had invited the parties to renounce their flags in view of the budget law. The neo grillino leader instead waves his banners. “It is time for the improvements that we have proposed on the side of active citizenship income policies, which remains an indispensable support,” he writes. And it is time to «reactivate the cashback», canceled by Mario Draghi. And then it’s time to “graduate early retirement based on the severity of the work, avoiding a return to the Fornero law”.

Phrases that disturb the crystal balance of the M5s. The grillini in Parliament fear that the jurist will move independently guided by personal ambitions. In short, the fear is that Conte acts as his own advocate rather than the Five Stars.

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