Romano Prodi on Sky TG24: “The Tunisian crisis is a serious problem for us”

The former Prime Minister, a guest at “Start”, spoke of the current political situation in Italy, in particular of the Democratic Party, and of the immigration issue. The former Minister for Agricultural Policies Teresa Bellanova also spoke on the issue of work and immigration: “People are arriving with rights that can serve our system”

“The crisis in Tunisia is a serious problem for us too”. So the former Prime Minister Romano Prodi, speaking to start on Sky TG24, he spoke on the subject of immigration. During the interview also a look at the political situation. Returning to Tunisia, for “The Professor” it is necessary for our country to intervene both for existing friendship and collaboration relations and to avoid an exodus from the African nation closest to the boot.

Prodi: “Helping Tunisia is the obligatory path”

For Prodi, helping Tunis “is a necessary course because if Tunisia collapses there is no longer any control and then the problem of immigration becomes more serious”. The former prime minister then invites you to remember that Tunisia “was the only country that after the Arab spring seemed to be able to stay together and the fact that it could now go into crisis is a very serious problem for us”. “We are close to the tourist season – adds the founder of the Ulivo – if, as I fear, Tunisia’s economy worsens, help will be needed”.

The divisions within the Pd

“Currents are the life of a party – says Prodi – how can one do it if there are no different opinions that clash and meet? The problem is that they don’t become closed powers. But those are not currents, they are mafias. But that in a party there are those who want more social activity, those who want a provision on housing and those who want another, is the life of a party “. For the Professor, in recent years there has been no longer this vitality “on the contents of the parties. The problem is when the currents are transformed by power games for the offices, then the party is finished”.

Prodi: “I hope Schlein will be able to build an institutional unity of the party”

Regarding the Democratic Party, the former founder of the Ulivo stated that “Schlein has just arrived, I would have been surprised if the newcomer had immediately started preaching. Let’s see if this content debate will start.” For Prodi “it is necessary to revive the debate in Italy” which has now moved more to the characters. Speaking of the new secretary of the Democratic Party, the Professor believes that “in the last two or three years” she has taken on a slightly more radical attitude, but she has the right profile to reopen the debate on the contents, she does not “have an extremist profile as has been described recently and I hope that he will be able to build an institutional unity of the party leaving the different currents and points of view in the party itself”.

Prodi on Pnrr and war on Ukraine

“I have always thought that the Pnrr was designed to transform the rules of the country. If we don’t transform the rules – is Prodi’s thought on the National Recovery and Resilience Plan – it is clear that the money will not be spent because it is the problem that thirty forty years we carry on. Let’s change these rules immediately, given the uncertainty of decisions, public officials have always taken refuge on collegiality, on complexity, on the need to repeat the procedure several times. If we don’t remove this problem of uncertainty We’ll never spend the money.” For the former prime minister, the main thing to do would have been to answer the question “how do we spend this money?”. From the Pnrr the theme moves to the situation of the Ukraine conflict and, in particular, to Xi Jinping’s visit to Moscow. “The visit established a balance of power between the two – these are the Professor’s words – China is in charge”, and for the former Prime Minister, to resolve the conflict, it is necessary that negotiations between the US and Beijing begin, or between Joe Biden and Xi Jinping. “The two players are only the United States and China – he says – there is some more hope because these talks have started a bit but we still don’t know if there is finally an anchor between the two real protagonists”.

Bellanova: “People who have rights arrive”

In the second part of start the former minister Teresa Bellanova spoke on the issue of migrants and work. “There is a theme in our country which is that of active policies – explains Bellanova – and the intersection of supply and demand for work. It has been verified that in the area there is no manpower that wants to carry out certain functions, for example in Veneto, in the tanneries where “there are only” foreign workers, to whom all rights must be guaranteed exactly as for Italian workers. But that production system cannot be forced to resort to undeclared work because one does not want to acknowledge that there is there is a need in the country” for manpower. “A problem we must take on – according to the former minister – is that of acknowledging that many of the people who arrive in our country see Italy as a transit area and are often people who also have high professional training”. According to Bellanova “we must take responsibility for giving an answer to our production system and abandon the ideological approach to come to terms with reality”. Another example brought forward by the exponent of Italia Viva is also that of many foreigners who “are already in our families, who take care of our loved ones and who need to be regularized. Otherwise we also force our families to make these people work illegally “.