The economist Mario Draghi, in charge of forming a government in Italy, concludes today his second round with the parliamentary forces, to which he has presented the first points of his program and will now begin to define a cabinet that will satisfy everyone. Following meetings with minority parties on Monday, Draghi’s intention was advanced to reform the school calendar and extend it until the end of June to make up for lost time due to online teaching during the pandemic and to speed up the vaccination program. Governor of the European Central Bank (ECB) also has in mind a fiscal and justice reform, as Paolo Romani, senator of the Idea-Cambiamo party, commented after the consultations.
The small parties once again expressed their support for Draghi without conditions and without setting an expiration date for his Executive and today it will be the turn of the large political formations, while it is expected that on Wednesday he will receive the social parties. (IV) of Matteo Renzi, who forced the crisis by withdrawing his support for the Government of Giuseppe Conte, will once again reiterate their support for the economist, while the far-right Brothers of Italy will reiterate his rejection of Draghi’s plans.
The focus is on the 5-Star Movement (M5S), the majority force in Parliament: at first, it expressed its support for the economist, but now it has decided to consult its bases with an online vote. “As we have always done, we will let you our members decide. We will do so aware that collective intelligence always surpasses the positions of individuals, and we will do so only after President Draghi has provided us with the elements to understand and, therefore, to deliberate, “he wrote on Facebook the political leader of the M5S, Vito Crimi. Who seems ready to enter the Government and even asking for a ministry is the leader of the League, Matteo Salvini. One of the great pitfalls for Draghi will be to make the progressive Democratic Party and the far-right Liga coexist.
It is not yet clear what type of government Draghi will decide to form: whether a technical team, made up of figures outside politics, or a political team, made up of ministers representing the parties that will support him, or – the most likely hypothesis – an executive mixed, similar to the one installed by Carlo Azeglio Ciampi in 1993.
According to the latest conjecture circulating in the media, Draghi would opt for technocrats for the ministries of Economy, Economic Development, Infrastructure, and Foreign Relations, while the parties would continue in the portfolios of Defense, Interior, Health, Environment, and Education.