A pin. Indeed, the pivot. Mario Draghi, Prime Minister able to converse on the same day with both the League and the Democratic Party on the vaccination campaign, reforms and other political issues and with the presidents of China, Russia and the United States of America on the crisis in Afghanistan is becoming the real lintel of the European Union.
In Germany, where GDP in the second quarter exceeded expectations, marking a recovery that beats estimates, Angela Merkel is leaving and with the vote at the end of September, (unlikely) twists aside, a picture of total ungovernability will emerge that it will take months and months of negotiations to form the new executive in Berlin.
In France Emmanuel Macron is severely weakened – in the polls he barely exceeds 20% – and is heading towards next year’s presidential elections with the serious risk of returning to the Elysée. In this disheartening picture for the Old Continent, Draghi – with more than 80% of support in Parliament, despite the daily quarrels – is proving to be a real point of reference. Minister Dem Lorenzo Guerini is highly esteemed overseas and is an indispensable ally for the White House and the Pentagon.
The evacuation by the Italian forces from the Kabul airport is proving to be a success, compared to the messes (to put it mildly) made first by the Americans, but also by the British and other states not only in Europe. And, fundamentally, Draghi has an excellent relationship with Joe Biden but also with the Kremlin strongman Vladimir Putin and with Chinese President Xi Jinping. And never as at this moment, after the Taliban’s conquest of power in Afghanistan, is dialogue with Moscow and Beijing – which have been negotiating with the new Afghan rulers for days – is fundamental.
And so the prime minister becomes the trait d’union between NATO, always led by the US despite Biden’s sensational mistakes, and the new forces emerging after the turning point in Kabul, Russia, China but also Turkey and India. That’s why – explain authoritative sources of the majority, both of the Democratic Party and of the government center-right – in Brussels, therefore Ursula von der Leyen, and in Berlin (Merkel) as in Paris (Macron) absolutely do not want Draghi to be moved to the Quirinale in a few months. , where the President of the Republic has a more formal and representative role.
In this phase, with SuperMario who is working on the G20 in September precisely to dialogue also with Moscow and Beijing on Afghanistan, he is needed at Palazzo Chigi. He serves operational and in the field in the first person and therefore serves head of government and not head of state. Not only that, Prime Minister Draghi also helps Merkel and Macron, in addition to the entire EU, also to act as a barrier to the populist-nationalists who are raising their heads with the no of Austria and Hungary to the reception of Afghan refugees on the run.