Quirinale, Berlusconi does not give up (for now). Pressing of ‘his’ Letta: unitary choice

Silvio Berlusconi, Georgia Meloni and Matteo Salvini at Villa Grande last December

It is a proof of love. Words required and almost dictated, which however set a fixed point. After yesterday’s demarcation, the Knight demanded explicit support, which arrived on time: “The center-right is compact and convinced in its support for Berlusconi”, underlines Matteo Salvini. This does not mean that the reserve will be officially dissolved today in Villa Grande, in the center-right summit, even if the page on the force leader published in Il Giornale with the unequivocal title ‘who like him?’ on behalf of a party department, he certifies that he has not given up writing his Quirinale novel. “Not only do I guarantee stability in Italy, but …

It is a proof of love. Words required and almost dictated, which however set a fixed point. After yesterday’s demarcation, the Knight demanded explicit support, promptly arrived: “The center-right is compact and convinced in support for Berlusconi“, points out Matteo Salvini. It does not mean that the reserve will be officially dissolved today at Villa Grande, in summit of the center-right, even if the page on the force leader published in Il Giornale with the unequivocal title ‘who like him?’ on behalf of a party department, he certifies that he has not given up writing his Quirinale novel. “Not only do I guarantee stability in Italy, but also in Europe – Silvio’s arguments -. Last night I had dinner with the leader of the EPP, Manfred Weber, which assured me the support of that big family. “It does not mean that he will reach the test of the vote: the mortgage on the last step is the fear of a fool in the classroom. Printouts in hand, confirms his’ vote hunter‘Vittorio Sgarbi, he misses so many. “As long as Silvio is there, every negotiation is blocked – summarizes the centrist Osvaldo Napoli -. Either we start from scratch, or there is a risk that each group will go on its own”.

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On the right, it’s not easy even to start from scratch. Gianni Letta he openly stands for a unified candidate: he invites “the great voters to draw inspiration from the lesson that came from the commemoration of David Sassoli and to look at the interests of the country, not at the differences between parties”. Salvini has a different opinion: “The candidate must be center-right”. For weeks the historic councilor has been trying to convince Silvio to take a step back: it is possible that the appeal is also directed to him, which he also saw yesterday. It being understood that for Berlusconi the best name in the field is his, it is by no means excluded that for him the second best hypothesis is a shared identikit. After all, Renzi, whose contacts with Salvini are intense, on the one hand advises the Knight against running: “If I were him, I would avoid the count”, on the other, he opens a bigger opening than usual for Draghi: “He is the most respected player in Italy and in the world. If he is at Palazzo Chigi I am happy, if he goes to the Quirinale I am happy “.

These words together with those pronounced on Wednesday by Salvini (“There will be no crisis, whoever the premier is”) spread a minimum of optimism at home Pd: “There are some positive signs”, underlines Letta. Al Nazareno it is calculated that once the obstacle Berlusconi has been removed either through renunciation or a defeat in the classroom, the backlash in the center-right will be heavy, so much so as to make it unlikely the launch in the coalition of second-row ‘native’ candidates such as Casellati or Pear. The only unitary hypotheses in the field will remain those sponsored by the Pd leader: Mario Draghi or the encore of Mattarella, which part of the majority has not given up, which in reality appears unrealistic. While waiting to see if his calculations are correct, the Pd leader must be able to bring him to his side the 5 Stars that take time: “Never with Berlusconi”, repeats Conte, in difficulty with the groups, who ensures that he is in dialogue with the center-right. “We will make the name when we have it.” On the other hand, the former premier declares that the candidacy will meet specific criteria. Which? “We are fine-tuning them.”

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