The wide-ranging criticism of the center-left’s errors. The absence of amazement at the rise of the Lega and Fratelli d’Italia, today according to the polls, which have become the first two parties on the Italian political scene. Skepticism with respect to Matteo Salvini’s proposal of a federation of the center-right “of government”. Massimo Cacciari, speaking with Repubblica, looks with disenchantment at the irresistible rise of the sovereignists. “I don’t see where the surprise is: one or two parties hardly change, we are talking about an area that today has a large majority in the country. But what did we expect after what we have done in the last twenty years, from the unfortunate D’Alema government to the never born Democratic Party up to cyclone Renzi ». After 24 hours reached on the phone by Il Giornale, the professor and political philosopher comments on the novelty proposed by the League, dismissing it as a shortcut to the premiership.
Professor Cacciari, what do you think of the project for a center-right federation?
«Well, I don’t think these are the operations that really interest the electorate, they are maneuvers by the political class. The intent is to counter the rise of Giorgia Meloni by endorsing and strengthening a vaguely more pro-European position than in Salvini’s past ».
What advantage can the Lega obtain from a center-right federation and which Forza Italia?
“Forza Italia’s perspective is to give support and authority to a figure like Salvini, making him pass for a moderate, a figure who would then find himself as a leader for the future. Forza Italia can help Salvini in his relationship with the European People’s Party, thus giving him a passport for the candidacy for prime minister, a guarantee card, and can give him the endorsement of those who really matter in Europe. But they are party things. They understood that Salvini by being a sovereign to the bitter end cannot govern the country and so they decide to reset a bit “.
Giorgia Meloni keeps her distance from this operation. Is it good?
«Meloni is experiencing a great rise, if she wants to be the prime minister it is clear that she must be the most voted. A purified Salvini would represent a problem for her. But the desalvinized Salvini seems to me a utopia joy ».
Who do you see as the leader of the center-right?
“There is a competition in that field, whoever gets the most votes gets the premiership. They will see it inside them. I don’t see a Count or a Draghi on the horizon, an external figure who can emerge within that coalition ».
Every time you start a process of approaching this type, you always ask the same thing: are the voters summable? Do Lega and Forza Italia Unite risk losing consensus by eventually giving up their symbols?
«It seems to me that in the center-right the electorates are very communicating and have always added up without major problems, except when there was an expression of public enmity in Umberto Bossi’s 94 towards Silvio Berlusconi. Today the conditions are different ».