The parties present themselves knowing that they are at stake for something important. This is true first of all for the League, marked by the subterranean rift between Salvini’s most contested line and Giorgetti’s ruling line. But it also applies to the Brothers of Italy
In accordance with a consolidated tradition, even these administrative elections will say something more than the names of the 1192 mayors who will be chosen immediately or with the ballot in mid-October. But unlike the past, more than on the fate of the government the vote must give answers on the identity of the main political forces and consequently on the role they will be able to play in the two matches that will mark the structure of the country for the next few years: one – the appointment of the President of the Republic – will arrive in four months, the other – the renewal of a lightened Parliament of 345 honorable Members – has an uncertain date.
It is important to be aware that this is what is at stake, without, however, wanting to diminish the fact that the fate of communities is also decided that gather over 12 million Italians, half of whom are gathered in the four largest cities in the country (Rome, Milan, Naples, Turin).
The parties come to the appointment knowing they are playing for something important. This is true first of all for the League, marked by the subterranean rift between Salvini’s most contested line and Giorgetti’s ruling line. But it also applies to the Brothers of Italy: Giorgia Meloni has imposed her candidate in Rome and must measure whether there is full correspondence between the polls (which we reward her) and the votes.
The inquiries on the Northern League player Luca Morisi and drugs and hidden financing with Roman greetings in the FdI have opened a judicial front that is up to the magistrates to clarify, but on the political level there remains the internal competition of a center-right who wants to know how to redesign the balance of power. That same center-right that faces a delicate transition also in Liguria: Savona was a key city for the rooting in the territory of the President of the Region Giovanni Toti, but the encore is far from obvious.
He risks a lot Giuseppe Conte, fresh president of a 5 Star Movement which comes to the vote with the heavy legacy of 2016, when Virginia Raggi and Chiara Appendino won sensational victories. Today is a whole other story and the former prime minister only has to hope that the decline of the grillini that began after the 2018 political elections does not take on ruinous proportions.
For once the Democratic Party seems less exposed to shocks, but Enrico Letta – also in the field in first person at the supplementary in Siena – is at the first electoral test as secretary: a step that is never trivial, especially since he will also have to understand how concrete the hypothesis of a structured agreement with the M5S can become.
Faced with this situation, the Draghi government travels on another wavelength: driven by the growing personal strength of the prime minister and by economic indicators that authorize optimism, it seems to be able to overlook political weaknesses unscathed. But it is not a situation that will last forever and Italy is waiting for important matches: if they want to play them as protagonists, the parties must, however, free themselves from the confusion that now surrounds them.
Tomorrow we will have the first answers.