The fall of Draghi explodes Forza Italia, the only great Italian center

Renato Brunetta He used to be one of the staunchest supporters of Silvio Berlusconi, the founder and leader of the centre-right Forza Italia. Then, from Mario Draghi. For almost 30 years, Brunetta, a 72-year-old veteran economist, attacked his political enemies, using numbers and data in defense of Berlusconi’s heterodox policies. Thus he was appointed deputy, MEP, and Minister of Innovation. Then, with Draghi’s appointment as head of the Italian Government in February 2021, he was elected Minister for Public Administration and, with it, signed some of the key reforms that Italy has carried out in recent months. He too became an acolyte of the former head of the European Central Bank.

Draghi’s downfall, to which he contributed forza italy, has thus led Brunetta to become one of the collateral effects of the Italian crisis. This Thursday, after Draghi formalized his resignation as prime minister, Brunetta has announced her departure from Forza Italia in protest at the decision of his leadership to remove the former banker.

“Forza Italia has betrayed its history and its values: Europeanism, Atlanticism, liberalism, the social market economy, equity. The cornerstones of the glorious history of the European People’s Party & rdquor ;, the politician has argued. “The fall narrower leadership of Forza Italia has been integrated into the worst sovereignist populism, sacrificing a champion like Draghi, Italian pride in the world, for the most myopic electoral opportunisml,” he added.

But brunette He has not been the only one to make this decision, which is a great blow to Forza Italia. Before him, on Thursday, Mariastella Gelmini, current Minister of Regional Affairsalso announced his abandonment of the center-right party. And another parliamentarian, the Senator Andrea Canginialso openly opposed his party’s decision to withdraw his support from Draghi.

space for the center

The situation has revealed the pop of a party -founded in 1994 by Berlusconi-, whose implosion, according to some observers, benefits the so-called political center, practically irrelevant today but for decades had unparalleled power in Italy hand in hand with the Christian Democracy (1943-1994).

“With the goodbye of Brunetta, added to that of Gelmini, Berlusconi loses one of his usual Berlusconians. The risk for Forza Italia is that, in addition, they go to that center that will now try to take over all of them & rdquor ;, Luca De Carolis, an Italian journalist specializing in political information, explains to this newspaper.

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It has also occurred new departures from the 5 Star Movement (M5E)the populist party architect of the crisis who, just a month ago, left Luigi Di Maio, who was head of the anti-caste formation between 2017 and 2020, but who in recent years has assumed more moderate positions. “With Di Maio, about 60 parliamentarians left the M5E immediately, and others have joined in recent days & rdquor ;, adds De Carolis.

The question is which of the centrist formations that exist today in Italy has more chances of taking over this heritage, and if this can constitute the emergence of a new great centrist force in the face of future elections. Two of these parties -both the result of splits from the progressive Democratic Party (PD)-, Matteo Renzi’s Italia Viva and Carlo Calenda’s Azione, have celebrated the Forza Italia crisis. “Today Forza Italia has died in the worst possible way & rdquor ;, Calenda has written, in a message on Twitter. For her part, Gelmini, the former Minister of Regional Affairs, has already announced that she will enter her party.

The fall of Draghi explodes Forza Italia, the only great Italian center-right party