Silvio Berlusconi he is thinking about it, listens to everyone, has many doubts. Matteo Salvini pushes for there to be one federation of the government center (which therefore excludes Giorgia Meloni and Brothers of Italy) with groups united in the House and the Senate. And he wants us to hurry up to present unitary lists already in the next local elections. Certainly in Forza Italia the tension is very high. Reports the Corriere della Sera in a background that there are many uncertainties and also many opposites. Il Cavaliere today will consult the regional coordinators in Zoom link, tomorrow the big party in the Presidential Committee, then he will make the synthesis. According to his loyalists, there will be “mediation, such as not to displease anyone and satisfy everyone”.
Already on the phone, Berlusconi agreed to anyone who called him – for and against – and now he is about to formulate a counter-proposal. Moreover, he cannot pronounce with a firm no and reject the proposal of the leader of the League and at the same time he cannot afford to lose deputies and senators in Parliament and votes in the polls, especially in the South, where the exodus to the Brothers of Italy be massive. So, for now he has to slow down on the single groups, the first of the mergers feared by the Azzurri. “We will never accept it”, burst out the opposites among the blues. “The confluence or federation of FI and the League is simply an unforgivable strategic mistake and a tactical blunder,” he says. Paolo Russo, close to Mara Carfagna and powerful voice of the South. Giusy Versace, Erica Mazzetti, Renata Polverini are also against: “We risk handing over voters to Meloni”.
Compromise may be what he has in mind Antonio Tajani which thinks of “greater coordination, common proposals, common initiatives”, a sort of “close consultation pact”. Yet many believe that there can be no middle ground: “Either it will be a real federation, with new bodies and positions, or it won’t be”. Certainly Berlusconi cannot and does not want to reject Salvini’s proposal. Because the federation convinces him and has made him return to the center of the political scene.