New Italy’s PM Enrico Letta For Foreign Newspapers

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After a stalemate lasted nearly two months and started with the results of the stormy political elections in February, Italy is to get a new broad coalition government which should guarantee a period of relative calm, at least within the parliamentary wall. 

Giorgio Napolitano, who is the first Italian president to be re-elected to serve a second term, had the assignment of choosing a person who was expression of an ample parliamentary approval, and just few days ago he tasked Enrico Letta with the tough commitment of pulling an administration together.

Enrico Letta, 46-year-old, europhile, former Christian Democrat deputy leader of the centre-left Democratic Party (PD), accepted assignment but with reservation. During these days he has been consulting his potential parliamentary partners, which are expected to include a large part of “The People Of Freedom” (PDL) Berlusconi’s party as well as the centrist “Civic Choise” (SC), supported by Mario Monti. His consultations with the parties are preparatory to the designation of the Ministers, whom will go to compose the new government team that will need to get the confidence by the Parliament.

By the end of today, Mr. Letta will disclose the list of persons who will be part of his Council of Ministers. Within the Government shouldn’t be former Ministers of either Prodi or Berlusconi administrations but Letta himself and Angelino Alfano, whom could be assigned to lead the Ministry of the Interior. However, the so-called “Totoministri” bet about the forthcoming Government team is crazing among Italian newspapers.

BBC News, in one of its headlines dedicated to Italy’s political situation, writes : «Awkward Italian coalition takes shape». A meaningful headline we could say. According to the article, Mr. Letta might find his hardest bargaining in the ranks of his own party rather than in the others. All that because of two main factors: PD’s disappointing election result and the extreme tensions over how to manage the aftermath. «The PD is in trouble.» the article continues, because it’s occurring a high danger of splitting. Besides, a broad political alliance would again make Mr. Berlusconi a major influence, allowing him to dictate some steps of the future political agenda.

Although the BBC journalist writes about Mr. Letta as a well-established member of the political establishment, he highlight the fact that the new potential Premier drove himself to the presidential palace in his own Fiat car to accept the prime ministerial mandate, and that was seen as a clear statement against privileges causing resentment against Italy’s politicians.
The site France 24 opens an article about Mr. Letta writing: «Enrico Letta: Child prodigy of Italian politics». According to reports Napolitano was originally prone to entrust the office to the veteran former Prime Minister Giuliano Amato, but eventually he had plumped for Letta, whom represents a sort of generational change in Italian politics.

The article says too that he would be an asset for the current political situation because his uncle Gianni Letta has been the shadow figure of Berlusconi for years and it could aid to achieve an agreement over the government team selection.

Al Jazeera released on its website an article outlining the positive market reactions triggered by likely Letta’s office. It says: «Investors have already reacted with relief to the prospect of an end to the intractable crisis, with Italy’s borrowing costs on Wednesday tumbling to their lowest level since the start of European monetary union in 1999.»
Last but not least, Spiegel Online focuses on the doable synergy between Frau Merkel and the new Italian PM.

Moreover, as usual in this last decade, the journalist doesn’t omit to criticize Berlusconi’s figure, saying about him: « This is the person who disparaged the Italian justice system as “mafia” and the same billionaire leader who awarded amnesty for tax evasion and illicit construction – the very man who in his two decades of media and political omnipresence nearly drove the nation into the abyss.»

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