The prime minister responds harshly to Schlein on Salis and prisons. On the Stellantis case he brands Tavares’ words as ‘bizarre’ and on tractors he says: “We have done everything possible for farmers”
In a Tokyo lashed by a snowstorm, Giorgia Meloni – after the bilateral meeting with his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida and the handover of the G7 – closes the Sgarbi case and receives, from Rome, the majority agreement on the premiership. But the prime minister also gives a hard-nosed response to Schlein on Ilaria Salis and prisons, while on the Stellantis case she brands Tavares’ words as ‘bizarre’. And on the tractor protest he says: “We’ve done everything we can for the farmers”
Sgarbi, case closed: “I accept the resignation”
After the Antitrust verdict which expressed itself on the incompatibility of the art critic with the position of undersecretary of Culture, Sgarbi wrote a letter to Meloni – reported in the pages of Corriere della Sera – in which he says he is willing to do a step back, but he shows that he didn’t take it very well. While making it clear that he will do what Meloni decides, Sgarbi asks that the verification of any incompatibilities be extended to other members of the government. If it’s about transparency, then let it apply to everyone, not just him.
Meloni from Japan, pressed by journalists, shows that she has very clear ideas: “Sgarbi’s decision to resign is correct, I’m waiting to meet him in Rome to accept his resignation”. “I accept the resignation,” she insists. Case closed, at least for her. Because on the request for an ‘extended’ verification, for Meloni it is necessary to stick to the “objective elements”, therefore Sgarbi does not expect the government to “decide for others with elements that are not objective”.
The majority’s agreement on the premiership, the piqued reply to Schlein on Salis and prisons
The case already seems to be behind us for Meloni, who receives the majority agreement on the premiership from Tokyo, with a modification that now makes the rule “clearer than the previous one”. The opposition, on the barricades with hundreds and hundreds of amendments, “is doing its job”, after all for Meloni – it is the lunge – they are rowing against those who have “privileged the governments built in the Palace”. In particular, Elly Schlein’s Democratic Party is in the crosshairs, accusing the government from Strasbourg of delays in the Salis case: “I don’t know what Elly Schlein means – the Prime Minister responds piqued -, if she is better than us she will certainly know what Do”.
Even on the overcrowding of prisons and the accusations made by the Dems, Meloni does not send word to them: “If Secretary Schlein believes that the problem of prison overcrowding, as the left has done, can be resolved by eliminating crimes – he states – I am not “agreement with the left. I think it will be resolved by increasing the capacity in prisons, hiring and supporting the penitentiary police as the government has done this year because the only serious response that a State can give.”
The Stellantis case: “Tavares? I read bizarre things”
Political battle but not only that, because the trouble in Rome certainly does not only concern the ‘ring’ with the opponents. On the day in which the unions announce a new month of layoffs at Mirafiori, Meloni returns to the Stellantis case and to the words of CEO Carlos Tavares, ready to put the plants in Italy at risk in the absence of subsidies for the production of electric cars: “What I read seemed quite bizarre to me”, says the Prime Minister, “I think that a CEO of a large company knows that the incentives cannot be aimed at a specific company and I think that we also know that we have just invested a billion on eco-incentives”.
The government for its part – he assures – is “always available and open to everything that can produce jobs in Italy” but “if instead it is believed that producing in other nations is better, I can’t say anything but then don’t tell me that the car produced is Italian and is not sold as Italian” because “the relationship must be balanced”.
“Tractor protest? The maximum possible has been done for the sector”
Meanwhile, another day awaits him in Tokyo, then the return to Rome, where the tractor protest is getting closer by the hour, having now arrived at the gates of the capital. The world of farmers, she assures, is “one of the main ones to which we have turned our attention and the facts demonstrate it”, she recalls, saying that she is nevertheless ready for the possibility of meeting them.
For the sector, however, the government has done the “maximum possible”, therefore the problems are not attributable to choices made by its executive but carried out by others, in particular by the European Union: “Much of the farmers’ anger – he assures – comes from an ideological reading of the ecological transition that thought it could defend the environment by fighting farmers and this is not my vision. I think that farmers are fundamental and must be involved in the ecological transition if we want this to work.”