The fall of Draghi explodes Forza Italia, the only great Italian center-right party


Draghi's fall explodes Forza Italia, the only great center-right Italian party

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Renato BrunettaHe used to be one of the staunchest supporters of Silvio Berlusconi, the founder and leader of the centre-right Forza Italia. Then, from Mario Draghi. For nearly 30 years, Brunetta, a 72-year veteran economist, attacked his political enemies wielding numbers and data in defense of Berlusconi's heterodox policies. so he was appointed deputy, member of the European Parliament, and Minister of Innovation. Then, with the appointment of Draghi at the head of the Italian Government in February 2021, he was elected Minister for Public Administration and, with it, signed & oacute; some of the key reforms that Italy has carried out in recent months. He also became He became an acolyte of the former head of the European Central Bank.

The fall of Draghi, to which Forza Italia contributed., has carried like this Brunetta to become one of the collateral effects of the Italian crisis. This Thursday, after Draghi formalized his resignation as Prime Minister, Brunetta announced her departure from Forza Italia in protest at the decision of her leadership to oust the former banker .

“Forza Italia has betrayed its history and its values: Europeanism, Atlanticism, liberalism, the social market economy, equity. The cornerstones of the glorious history of the European People's Party”, The politician has argued. “The increasingly narrow leadership of Forza Italia has been integrated into the worst sovereignist populism, sacrificing a champion like Draghi, Italian pride in the world, for the most ;s myopic electoral opportunisml”, he added.

But BrunettaHe has not been the only one to make this decision, which is a huge blow to Forza Italia. Before him, on Thursday, Mariastella Gelmini, current Minister of Regional Affairs, also announced that the decision was made. hers her abandonment of the center-right party. And another parliamentarian, Senator Andrea Cangini , also openly opposed his party's decision to withdraw his support from Draghi.

Room for center

The situation has exposed the outbreakof a party -founded in 1994 by Berlusconi-, whose implosion, according to some observers, benefits the so-called political center, today practically irrelevant but for decades it had a power without parallel in Italy of the hand of the Christian Democracy (1943-1994).

“With Brunetta's goodbye, added to Gelmini's, Berlusconi loses one of his usual Berlusconians. The risk for Forza Italia is that, in addition, they will go towards that center that will now try to kill them. get hold of all of them”, Luca De Carolis, an Italian journalist specializing in political information, explains to this newspaper.

There have also been new departures from the 5-Star Movement (M5E) , the populist party architect of the crisis that, just a month ago, left the party. Luigi Di Maio, who was head of the anti-caste formation between 2017 and 2020, but who in recent years has assumed more moderate positions. “With Di Maio, some 60 parliamentarians left the M5E immediately, and others have joined in recent days,” adds De Carolis. he of the centrist formations that exist today in Italy has more chances of taking over this heritage, and if this can constitute the emergence of a new great centrist force in the face of some future elections. Two of these parties -both the result of splits from the progressive Democratic Party (PD)-, Matteo Renzi's Italia Viva and Carlo Calenda's Azione, have celebrated the Forza Italia crisis. “Today Forza Italia has died in the worst possible way,” Calenda wrote in a message on Twitter. in her party.


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