Craxi, Acquaviva: “He was a true patriot”

His historic adviser to Adnkronos: “If you study its politics, don’t aim to name streets”

Craxi’s commemoration? We aim to ‘reconstruct’ history for what it was, certainly not for the toponymy, we do not aim to name the square or streets in his name”. Gennaro Acquaviva, historic councilor of Craxi, among the men closest to the socialist leader during the years of the presidency of the Psi-led he doesn’t want to stop at dates, anniversaries.

“Of course – he says in an interview with the Adkronos – it is 23 years since his death, which took place on January 19, 2000, but that is a date that commemorates his disappearance…”. The president of the Socialism Foundation, on the other hand, believes that it is necessary to re-read the socialist leader’s political story, especially “from the mid-seventies, until the eve of clean hands”. Because “his memory has been misinterpreted”, as if to say that the Tangentopoli earthquake prevented the analysis of a political story that saw Craxi “protagonist, as a great statesman and patriot”. “Of course – he admits – we have all made mistakes, but there is no doubt that he wanted and did good for Italy”.

On the fact that today, after having associated the figure of Craxi with the Tangentopoli affair for years, current politicians have almost all changed their opinion, Acquaviva says: “Of course, it is also the effect of the weakness of the Third Republic, of the end of the , today we count much less internationally and then what Craxi did in foreign policy is seen as proof of his ability and value”.

But for Acquaviva, the sovereigns who remember Craxi for the challenge to the US in Sigonella have nothing to claim, there is no similarity “between those who defend the borders, the Mediterranean from small boats or boats with migrants, and those who instead dominated in the Mediterranean, seeking ‘Italian’ solutions to the great themes of the time, such as that of the Palestinian question, as Craxi and Andreotti did”.

“But what matters – concludes Acquaviva – is to re-establish the truth, since 2002 we have already published ten volumes in a series called ‘the years of Craxi’. We will present the eleventh on February 14 at Palazzo Giustiniani, and it will be dedicated precisely to foreign policy, this is our contribution, the search for truth, certainly not the name on a plaque somewhere that recalls the socialist leader”.