Government, Follini: “Meloni talks with everyone, so Berlusconi will stem”

Marco Follini’s point of view for Adnkronos

“How dense is the shadow that the latest Berlusconi casts on the Meloni government, and how dark can it possibly become? When a new executive is born, one would like to be more discreet, almost generous, and avoid embarrassing questions. the question is there, for all to see, and it is impossible to declassify it in the name of an old-time etiquette.

The list of ministers was drawn up with the intention of giving an initial response. The president resisted pressure and demands and drafted the government structure in her own way. As if to underline her primacy and her freedom at the same time. And the whole script of these first hours seems to want to reflect this intention. Pointing out that a new leadership is now in the field and that therefore the old leaders are destined, if not precisely to the fateful gardens, to much less cumbersome roles.

In short, Meloni – the ‘Mrs. Meloni’, to put it in Berlusconi’s way – must be acknowledged for doing his best to affirm his personality and to stem the excesses of his former leader.

The fact remains, however, that Berlusconi is still Berlusconi. And as much as his recklessness these days seem like the furious cry of a leader at sunset, his ability to assert himself shouldn’t be underestimated. If only for the number of times in which his end was prophesied and then he had to witness his return. Thus, it would be appropriate to suggest caution to those who consider it finished. And just as much caution, however, should also be suggested to him who tends to consider himself immortal. Which, of course, it is not.

The ‘after Berlusconi’ argument, let’s call it that, is by no means new. But in all these years it has been carried out in the most diverse ways, and with the most diverse results. And what is more important by signaling a conspicuous difference between the attempts of some time ago and the one that is underway in these days.

In fact, the challenges of the past came, so to speak, from the ‘left’. To contest the leadership of the Cav were men and parties closer to the border line, who objected to its closures, its entrenchments, its biases, and who called to their aid passwords, let’s call them so, moderate and even a little consociative.

Now Giorgia Meloni brings him her challenge from the right. And in the name of his right hand he throws him off. Or at least, he tries to do it. She doesn’t demand that much full-fledged dialogue. If anything, she is concerned about sowing her own field by watering it with more identifying slogans. Here is her figure. Questionable, if you like. But in her way clear of her. Her strength lies precisely in the clarity of her political creed. But that clarity also reveals his limitations.

Now, it is clear that Berlusconi’s space can never be that of a classic leap to the left. But not even the premier intends to preside over that space. That will not wink that way, as was immediately understood with the choice of the presidents of the chambers and then with the drafting of the list of ministers.

And right here, however, at this same point, one of the greatest difficulties that Giorgia Meloni will find on her path can be sensed. Because by locking herself in the trenches of her own half and placing herself so clearly on the right, she inevitably ends up offering Berlusconi a tactical advantage of no small importance. In fact, the leader of Forza Italia still has a following of him, albeit more skimpy than in the past. And his parliamentary seats are enough, at least so far, to make or break this majority. His strength is downhill, of course. And his political lucidity does not seem to be improving, far from it. But for a while longer the Cav will have cards to play at the government table, and he will not give up putting them on the pot every time he can.

It would be up to Meloni, to complete the work, take those cards out of his hand. And to do so, however, he in turn would have to decide to open. Dialogue with the opposition. To have great attention and respect for those who did not vote for it. Addressing a wider audience of public opinion. Leaving the fortress of too much identity rhetoric. Inventing new paths that lead it as far as possible out of the narrow perimeter of that partiality within which Berlusconi can still significantly influence.

None of these things are that easy. And none seem to be that much in the ropes of the new president. Yet it will be in these neighborhoods that her fate will be played out “.

(from Marco Follini)