Giuseppe Conte is the name that Luigi Di Maio (Movimento 5 Stelle) and Matteo Salvini (Lega) have indicated to the Quirinale as a guide of the new government. “He will be a political Premier”, they said, launching a message to Europe. According to Matteo Salvini “The government will put Italy’s interest at the center, it will respect all the constraints and it will make the country grow”.
According to Luigi Di Maio “to those who criticize us from abroad I can say that at least let us start”. Meanwhile, populist leaders are exulting: from Marine Le Pen to Steve Bannon, Trump’s ideologue, who will be in Italy next week and will see Salvini, according to Bloomberg. Today, Sergio Mattarella, President of the Italian Republic, will see the presidents of the Chambers.
President Sergio Mattarella should now confirm the investiture of Giuseppe Conte. This choice pleases to the President of the National Front, Marine Le Pen, which does not fail to highlight the rise of populism in Europe and the “breathtaking perspectives” that opens.
Two weeks ago, when it became apparent that none of the traditional Italian parties would be able to form a coalition, President Mattarella made no secret of the fact that he would prefer to install a caretaker government for one year. Nobody really anticipated that the League and the 5-Star Movement, bitter rivals during the election campaign, might suddenly come together in a coalition with a relatively stable parliamentary majority.
Maria Elena Argano
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