Government, the identikit of the next Minister of Economy

He must be authoritative, competent, above all unassailable: a difficult choice

He must be authoritative, competent, above all unassailable. He must be willing to accept the post and must be able to support the political profile of the new government. There is not yet a certain name, there are several, but the choice is not easy. The Minister of Economy who will have to work with Giorgia Meloni premier must have a profile that can impose itself, within the majority coalition and outside, in the international context.

The joint is particularly delicate. An authoritative, non-political source reasons with Adnkronos. “Two opposite errors must be avoided: giving up the necessary competence or, on the contrary, putting a foreign body in the government team, easily absorbed in the dynamics of the potential conflict within a government majority. It could become a target”. There is a precedent that is considered a model not to be followed. When the yellow-green government first invests in a choice of rupture, Paolo Savona, who is rejected by the Quirinale for evident incompatibility in relations with Europe, and then falls back on a pure academic, Giovanni Tria, who ends up in the grip of a frontal confrontation between Conte and Salvini.

Guido Crosetto, founder of FdI and trusted director of Meloni, has already expressed himself clearly on the first stake, that of recognized international standing. “We need an authoritative person who knows how to reassure domestic and international markets because the Minister of Economy is the first role that will be judged not only in Italy but also abroad where someone could enjoy speculating”. And he warned: “If turbulence begins because of a badly chosen name, the government will go little way. Meloni has been aware of this for some time.” So, no to a new Savona case and no to a name that could compromise the credibility of the government.

The second key aspect, that of political compatibility with the characteristics of the majority that supports the government, is also linked to the problem of identifying a personality willing to ’embrace the cause’ of the center-right. It will not be a technical government and it will be a government strongly characterized politically by Giorgia Meloni. To bring a figure above the parties to via XX Settembre, the name of is being insistently made Fabio Panetta, who sits on the board of the ECB and who is considered the natural candidate to succeed Ignazio Visco at the helm of Bankitalia, suggests, the same source, “an armored political agreement and an explicit and above all shared credit opening towards the new minister “. The conditions do not necessarily exist to succeed.

The most accredited alternative is Domenico Siniscalco. He has an international curriculum and has already had an experience as Minister of Economy, with the Berlusconi II government and, for a few months, in Berlusconi III. An experience born by collecting the legacy of Giulio Tremonti, torpedoed by Gianfranco Fini, and ended badly, with his resignation, due to the contrast with the center-right majority, in dissent with his positions on economic policy and the removal of the then Governor of Bankitalia, Antonio Fazio. Even in his case, it would take a full investiture and broad political support to ensure that history does not repeat itself.

(from Fabio Insenga)