The Italian Prime Minister, Mario Draghi, obtained this Wednesday the confidence for his Government in the Senate, the first step for his investiture, and tomorrow, Thursday, he will undergo the same procedure in the Chamber of Deputies. The Executive of the former president of the European Central Bank (ECB) was supported by 262 votes while 40 senators spoke against it and there were 2 abstentions And it is taken for granted that tomorrow he will also gain confidence in the lower house as he is supported by all the political forces, except the far-right Brothers of Italy.
Draghi has bet in his speech in the Senate to reinforce the Europeanism of Italy and promote the reforms that the country needs and has been putting off for years. Draghi’s speech, which has managed to form a government with the support of all the country’s political forces, without the Brothers of Italy, was unanimously praised by party leaders, who highlighted his ability to bring together parties of different ideologies for the good of the country.
Among those who support him is the far-right formation Liga, led by Matteo Salvini, who in 2020 insisted that the European Union was a disappointment and that a referendum on the euro would be understandable and the 5 Star Movement M5S although this one with great internal divisions which in 2017 proposed a popular consultation on the single currency, although in recent times they have put this debate on hold.
WITHOUT ITALY THERE IS NO EUROPE, BUT WITHOUT EUROPE THERE IS LESS ITALY
Draghi has made one thing clear supporting his government is sharing the irreversibility of the election of the euro, the perspective of an increasingly integrated European Union Without Italy there is no Europe. But outside Europe there is less. Italy.
The former president of the European Central Bank and former governor of the Bank of Italy insisted that the country promote strategic relations within the EU with France and Germany, but also with Spain Greece, Malta and Cyprus, with whom he shares concerns about how to manage in common the migratory phenomenon. Italy must also strengthen ties with the United States to participate in improving relations between the EU and Turkey, a partner and ally of NATO, and in dialogue with Russia and China. A global strategic vision for a country that has a lot of work to do internally.
THE REFORMS THAT HAVE BEEN POSTPONED FOR DECADES
Draghi gave the political class a slap on the wrist for postponing necessary reforms for decades and asked them if they are doing everything possible to promote human capital, education, school, university and culture. The head of the Government recalled that Italy has to overcome the economic crisis due to the coronavirus, which according to many organizations will not give in before the end of 2022, and even then it will not have fully recovered from the crises of 2008 and 2011.
Does Italy work for the good of its future generations? It is a question to which we must give concrete and urgent answers when we disappoint our young people by forcing them to emigrate to find a job he said and every time budget spending deviations are approved that shoot public debt to stratospheric levels without having invested in the best possible way resources that are always scarce.
Rome calculates that in 2020 the debt has stood at 158% of gross domestic product (GDP) due to support for companies and families penalized due to the pandemic, far from the 60% established by the EU Stability and Growth Pact , temporarily frozen.
LONG-TERM VISION FOR EUROPEAN FUNDS
Your Government must design the detailed plan with reforms and objectives to be helped by the 209,000 million euros that will reach Italy from the European Recovery Fund to invest in the areas that the previous Executive has already determined digitization, ecological transition, infrastructure, training and research, equality and health.
The economist said that Italy needs a tax reform that imposes progressive tax burdens and fights against tax evasion, and another for social protection mechanisms, which preserves employment and gives adequate coverage to those who lose it. The return of the classrooms in safety conditions will be a priority, as well as the preservation of the environment.
RENZI SAYS THINGS ARE BETTER THAN A MONTH AGO
The leader of Italia Viva, Matteo Renzi, who caused the political crisis by withdrawing his party’s support for the government coalition a little over a month ago, has applauded Draghi’s speech. Now everything has changed for the better he said. while other leaders praised the new prime minister’s program.
The head of Labor and member of the Democratic Party (PD, center-left), Andrea Orlando, stressed that “the protection of employment and the fight against social inequalities will be key for Draghi, while the leader of Forza Italia, Silvio Berlusconi, praised a detailed and high-profile speech, which looks to the future, in which an Italy capable of getting up and starting again is outlined. Although the M5S has given its support to Draghi, several ‘grilling senators rejected the trust because they considered that a technical government does not represent the will of the Italians, who made this formation the most voted in the general elections of 2018, with more than 30% of the votes. The vote of confidence in the Chamber of Deputies will be this Thursday.