Meloni dodges speculation on Italy’s future government

The leader of Brothers of Italy, Giorgia Meloni, potential Prime Minister after her recent electoral success, advances discreetly in the negotiations to form the future Government, a silence broken occasionally to ask for “caution” and to charge the press against the speculations that follow one after the other about the true unity of the right or the possible incorporation of technical profiles.

The first doubts arose about the unity of the right wing, already questioned during the electoral campaign. Meloni presented herself allied with Matteo Salvini, of the League, and of Silvio Berlusconi, of Forza Italia, with whom she is now engaged in negotiating the distribution of posts not only in the cabinet, but also in the two chambers that make up the Parliament.

“Peace of mind: the united center-right has won the elections and is ready to govern,” Meloni posted on Twitter three days after the elections, after several media echoed a meeting in which the far-right leader had allegedly made it clear that she did not want Salvini in a key ministry.

Salvini, who was already Interior Minister during a previous coalition between the League and the 5-Star Movement (M5S), has repeatedly denied the apparent discrepancies with his allies, claiming that the right has “democratically” won the elections and calling relations with his partner “optimal.”

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For his part, Berlusconi, who has stressed that his Forza Italia will be “decisive” for the legislature in the making, has advocated closer ties with Salvini and Meloni. “We share the need for Italy to have a high-profile government, capable of dealing with the serious emergencies facing the country,” he has exposed on his social networks.

One of the names that seem fixed in the pools is precisely that of Antonio Tajani, a key pillar in Berlusconi’s project and former president of the European Parliament. The media give him a ministry or the presidency of the Chamber of Deputies and he, in the meantime, lets himself be loved assuring that he will be wherever it is necessary.

The various parties are also making efforts to qualify the possible incorporation of more technical and not so political profiles, after the economist Fabio Panetta, former head of the Bank of Italy and member of the executive committee of the European Central Bank (ECB), has come to the fore as a possible pillar of the economic section.

Tajani has stated that it will be “a political government”, not a technical one, after Italy has spent more than a year and a half governed by a prime minister like Mario Draghi, an economic and consensus profile that was resorted to at the time to avoid an early election. If there are technocrats, “they will be cases, not the rule,” said Tajani, according to the Rai channel.

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The legislature will formally start on October 13, so it will not be until then that the round of contacts of the President of Italy, Sergio Mattarella, with the political parties with parliamentary representation will begin. If everything goes according to plan, it seems that there will be no alternative majority to the one represented by Meloni, who will be entrusted with the task of forming a government.

If Meloni arrives at his big appointment with the list of ministers under his arm, it is not even ruled out that he could take office in a matter of days and arrive in time for the European Council of October 21 and 22. If so, this week’s meeting in Prague would be the last one attended by Draghi on behalf of Italy.

However, the Italian system empowers Mattarella to veto ministers, so the list presented by Meloni would not necessarily have to be final, which would delay his hypothetical subsequent inauguration.

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