Compact opposition against the reform approved in the Council of Ministers. Schlein: “It’s dangerous” and Calenda creates the neologism: “An ‘Italian’ never experienced in the world”
It will also be the “mother of all reforms” for Giorgia Meloni, but for the opposition it remains a proposal to be rejected by the sender. After the approval of the prime ministership today in the Council of Ministers, the no to the reform of the centre-right is confirmed and indeed, by going into more detail, the criticisms are amplified. “Messy and dangerous” for Elly Schlein. An “Italierato never experienced in the world” for Carlo Calenda. And from Italia Viva, which had also said it was available for support, prudence prevails at the moment. “Yes to the direct election of the prime minister, no to messes”is Matteo Renzi’s warning.
Even if Italia Viva were to distance itself, a process that is not only long but also lively is looming for Meloni’s premiership: it would be the reform of the majority ‘against’ the opposition and it would end up imbuing the referendum with a dense political meaning. That date is years away and there will be a very long parliamentary discussion which will also be accompanied by that of the reform of the electoral law. Meanwhile, in the starting blocks Pd, Action, M5S, Più Europa and Avs are preparing for the battle with Italia Viva which seems less ready to support the government’s project.
Coordinator Raffaella Paita says: “It seems to me that there are a bit of a mess in the majority’s proposal on constitutional reforms. Let’s wait to read the texts.” For Schlein it is a proposal that “weakens Parliament again. It is a reform that limits the prerogatives of the President of the Republic and that dismantles the parliamentary form. It is no coincidence that they are presenting it right now to cover the fact that the maneuver lacks the answers that the country needs on the economic and social terrain”.
The neologism of Calenda
Calenda coins the neologism ‘Italierato’ for the Meloni reform: “The government has approved a reform in the CDM which we could call the Italianate. It is not a chancellorship (which we would have approved), it is not a premiership, it is not presidentialism or semi-presidentialism. It is our invention never before tested in the world. Parliament doesn’t work, federalism doesn’t work, public administration doesn’t work. Meloni found the solution: take care of something else. Which represents the history of this government well.”
Netto Nicola Fratoianni: “It’s a kind of legal monster institutional in the face of a Parliament already largely humiliated by the continuous recourse to emergency decrees and votes of confidence”. Even for the Reforms manager of the Democratic Party, Alessandro Alfieri, the government’s reform “is not a reform, but an attack on the model of a parliamentary republic”. And the ex-president of the Chamber, Roberto Fico of the 5 Star Movement, writes on social media: “The Melonian premiership is a botched and approximate reform. A choice that will not favor governability but will accentuate the imbalances in the system.”
Stefano Ceccanti, constitutionalist and ex-PD parliamentarian, quickly analyzes the numerous “anomalies” of the premiership made in Meloni. And among these he highlights a somewhat paradoxical one: if the prime minister elected directly by the citizens falls, his successor is actually the ‘strong prime minister’. Ceccanti explains: “The second prime minister is stronger than the first because only his fall would lead to early voting, not that of the directly elected one.” And addressing Italia Viva he observes: “The project should therefore be rejected, logically, even by the supporters of the mayor of Italy”.