Italian Magic, by Joan Tapia

In January 2021, Italy faced a very serious crisis. The weak left-wing government chaired by Giuseppe Conte (of the populist M5S) died due to mutual fighting. Italy was the big beneficiary of the European plan (200 million million touched it), but it needed a stable government. And if the crisis is not resolved and there were elections, the winner can Salvini League (extreme right, anti-immigration and Eurosceptic).

The peninsula trembled. The mighty industrialists of the north were the first. But the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, has found an emergency solution. Gave order Mario Draghi, the former president of the ECB and the most prestigious Italian in the world (the Pope is already Argentine) who formed a government. And Draghi got it right in a few days a national trade union government the Salvini League, Berlusconi’s Conservatives, the M5S’s populists and the Social Democrats’ Enrico Letta. The pressure of the economic right on the political right must have been strong, Conte’s populists failed and Enrico Letta was happy with a pro-European government which also prevented elections that the extreme right could win.

Translated into Spain, it was as if a technocrat of international repute and without a party (I do not get him) formed a government with Vox, PP, PSOE and Podemos. Unbelievable. But the most incredible thing is that it worked. Italy regains solvency and credibility and its economy is one of the fastest growing in 2021 (1.2 points more than Spain).

But everything has an end. This February it was time to elect the President of the Republic. Draghi was a good candidate because he guaranteed that the reforms would continue. The big obstacle was that the parties wanted Draghi (at the head of the Government or the President of the Republic), but they were not willing to make him president and appoint him. a prime minister you trust. Dragons, ja & mldr; ‘but not too much’.

But on the other hand, there was also no agreement between right and left (or within them) to elect a new president and for Draghi to continue as prime minister, something that seemed mandatory. Y no one wanted the mess of early elections. And less the deputies of fate because the number of seats was reduced and many -automatically- would remain without office or benefit.

Another new insurmountable crisis. But there the Italian magic reappears. In the middle of the show (seven unsuccessful votes for president), Draghi asked Mattarella to agree to be re-elected, despite his 80 years and despite the fact that he has repeatedly said he does not want to continue. And all the coalition parties made a pilgrimage to the Quirinale, seat of the presidency and before the Papacy, to insist that he not leave.

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Finally, Mattarella was elected on Saturday with 799 votes (out of a little over a thousand) and Draghi will continue as head of government. It will not be easy for him, because as the 2023 election approaches, the Salvinis (and the others) will get nervous. but for now overall relief. Of the parties, the deputies, the businessmen, the citizens and Draghi himself who can run for president again when Mattarella retires, perhaps after the 2023 election.

Italy has taught another lesson on how to enter a crisis and how to save it from the brink of collapse. Italy is not exemplary, but in the world it weighs more than Spain. And we can not imitate her, because Neither Abascal is Salvini nor Pablo Iglesias is Beppe Grillo. And Mattarella is not a king who says he is going to retire and then, applauded, back down.

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