Draghi: “I wanted to stay but they wouldn’t let me”

The former prime minister in an interview with Corriere della Sera: “After a lifetime, I had been called to do a job that was new to me and I did it to the best of my ability”

“If I look at the challenges met and won in just twenty months of government, one has to smile at those who said I wanted to leave, scared of the hypothetical abyss of a recession that has not been reflected in the data to date”. Thus the former premier Mario Draghi in an interview with Corriere della Sera. “After a lifetime, I had been called to do a job that was new to me – he added – and I did it to the best of my ability. I would therefore have gladly stayed to complete the job, if I had been allowed”.

“I had no party or my parliamentary base”

The former head of the ECB retraces the phases that led to the fall of his executive in Corriere: “The government – he says – was based on the consensus of a vast coalition, which had decided to set aside its differences to allow Italy to overcome a period of emergency. I therefore did not have my own party or my own parliamentary base. At a certain point, the willingness of the parties to find compromises failed, also due to the approaching natural expiry of the legislature. months – continues Draghi – the majority had fallen apart and several parties were dissociating themselves from decisions already taken in Parliament or in the CDM”. Some examples: “The M5s was increasingly opposed to military support for Ukraine, despite having initially supported this position in Parliament and despite this being the line agreed with our allies at the European level, the G7 and NATO. FI and Lega were against aspects of some important reforms – taxation and competition – which had been given the go-ahead in the CDM. Lega and M5s were also clamoring for a budget deviation”. Draghi then recalls the most complicated moment, that of the days between the decision of the M5s not to vote for confidence in the Aid decree and the debate in the Senate: “The positions of the parties were now irreconcilable. The center-right was willing to go ahead, as long as the ministers 5s left the government and were replaced by their exponents. However, the Democratic Party was not available to be part of what would in fact become a center-right government. I also made it clear that it would be impossible for me to lead a government of national unity without the relative majority party in Parliament, the M5s”.