ROMA – They describe him very calmly, even if the superlative that echoes in the presidential rooms does not seem the most suitable to describe the soul of the outgoing premier. In a handful of hours Giuseppe Conte he could go up to the Quirinale to get his third assignment, or discover, with deep disappointment, that the opponent managed to prevent him from reaching the milestone of one thousand days at Palazzo Chigi.
The Count ter seemed one step away, then the brawl on the issues and the assets raised tensions beyond the alert level. Renzi has understood that one does not go to vote and that the two roads are still open – an “ambassador” told Conte during the night -. It can close the ter deal, or blow everything up to create another government. And the rigidity of the 5 stars certainly doesn’t help.
In this Arctic climate the icebergs are still such and many that the explorer Roberto Fico forced to advance one step at a time. In order for the resigning Prime Minister to be re-appointed, Fico must bring Mattarella five s on the lawyer’s name, or at least the consent of four political forces and the failure to veto the fifth. And the truth is that the Montecitorio tenant has so far collected more problems than solutions. There is no agreement on the time schedule and there is no agreement on the premier. The crucial unsolved enigma: is Renzi ready to support Conte? In order for the third position of the State to represent the state of health of the majority at the Quirinale tonight, a second round of consultations could be needed this afternoon. And maybe even a table of leaders.
The good news that Fico gave Conte that the confrontation continues. The bad one that the founder of Italia Viva, who triggered the government crisis and is directing it all in crescendo like a Wagner symphony, postpones the grand finale. Until the last second, the terror of those who work in current affairs in the golden yellow rooms overlooking Piazza Colonna, the senator of Florence could still tear. Yesterday morning, with his collaborators, Renzi seemed undecided: I will try to the last to make Mario Draghi arrive … If he is a Count, he will have to pay a very high price.
Ultimatums which obviously also reach Palazzo Chigi, where Conte chose the low profile register out of respect for Mattarella. Yet, in the shelter of an industrious silence, the very quiet Count also very active. He hears Fico discreetly and follows the negotiations, with one ear to the clash on the discontinuity requested by Renzi and the other on the phone, to convince the outgoing ministers and sound out the incoming ones. This must be asked of Joseph, the leitmotiv with which Contian mediators like Bruno Tabacci try to stop the continuous relaunches of the Renzians.
In the chats of Italia Viva, Renzi assures that he does not veto and has no prejudices, indeed he hopes that the comparison will take a step forward. But the same Renzi who at ten in the evening sows explosive warnings: If Gualtieri and Bonafede do not jump, Count ter will not be made. The Palazzo Chigi lawyer knows well that the former Prime Minister is serious and since he knows well that the Democratic Party does not hear reasons about Gualtieri, he tries moral suasion with the 5 Stars to convince them to renounce Justice. Perhaps this is also why the news spread that the Apulian jurist would have called Marta Cartabia.
The resigning premier would certainly have probed her not as a possible premier of an institutional government, but for the office of Keeper of the Seals, should Renzi’s veto on Bonafede prove irremovable. Palazzo Chigi does not confirm and does not deny, until in the evening the president emeritus of the Consulta makes it known that she has not received any call from Conte.
If tempers calm down and an agreement is reached on the time schedule and the name, the lawyer will obtain the long-awaited assignment from Mattarella. In that case the challenge with Renzi is destined to continue, because as foreseen by a minister of the willing of the Senate they will come out to support the government. If, on the other hand, the alliance falls apart, another scenario opens up. A moment before signing the decree dissolving the Chambers, President Mattarella could pick up the phone and call the former ECB president. The name that Renzi has invoked many times, and that the parliamentarians of Italia Viva seem to fear. With Mario Draghi – a senator sighs – we would not touch the ball.
But if the alliance falls apart, another scenario opens up. A moment before signing the decree dissolving the Chambers, President Mattarella could pick up the phone and call the former ECB president. The name that Renzi has invoked many times, but that the parliamentarians of Italia viva fear. With Mario Draghi – a senator sighs – we would not touch the ball.
February 2, 2021 (change February 2, 2021 | 07:09)
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