Lunedì, 15 Ottobre 2018

Italy under Bersani won't be 'ungovernable'


Rome, December 13 - Pier Luigi Bersani, the leader
of the centre-left Democratic Party (PD), said Thursday he was
"certain" Italy would not be "ungovernable" after upcoming
general elections.
Bersani, the favourite to be the next premier, said his
coalition was ready for "dialogue" with centrists if it does not
have a working majority in parliament.
He also sought to dispel concerns that his ability to
effectively govern Italy could be hampered by his alliance with
the left-wing SEL party of Puglia Governor Nichi Vendola.
"Vendola is the governor of one of the most important
Italian regions and he is the leader of a solidly pro-European
party and he signed a pact with us," Bersani told reporters at
the Foreign Press Association in Rome.
"SEL is a precious party that brings awareness about issues
concerning the environment and rights".
Bersani, whose party has a significant lead in the polls,
also reiterated his commitment to continue with Premier Mario
Monti's policies if he wins the elections.
Monti has passed austerity measures since taking the helm
of an emergency technocrat government last year.
These have helped move Italy away from the centre of the
eurozone crisis as they boosted investor confidence that the
country is putting its financial house in order.
The former European commissioner has also won plaudits on
the international stage for introducing a series of structural
economic reforms designed to revive an economy that has been
hampered by weak growth for a decade.
But there have been concerns from some quarters that the
path Monti has taken, which is in line with Italy's commitment
to the European Union's new Fiscal Compact, may not continue
when the political parties resume power.
Bersani said these fears were unfounded.
He also went on to say that a government led by him would
try to carry out more reforms than has been possible for Monti's
administration, which has relied on support from a range of
parties, including ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right
People of Freedom (PdL) party.
"We wanted Monti (as premier) and I interpret the Monti
agenda as an agenda of rigour, of respecting European
commitments, of working to have an impact on the development of
European policy," Bersani said.
"These are points of no return. I want to launch more
reforms than Monti because you need a cohesive, political
majority to implement them".
He added that "the anti-European, conservative Italian
right put the brakes" on Monti.
Bersani said his credentials are shown by the fact that he
passed a series of important economic liberalisation measures
when he was industry minister in Romano Prodi's 2006-2008
centre-left government.
"In the past I introduced reforms, so I think you can say
that we will govern by respecting European commitments and we
will not be lazy about change".
Italy is likely to have elections in mid-to-late February
after Monti said at the weekend he would resign once the 2013
budget law is approved.
Monti, who became premier in November 2011 when the
financial crisis forced Berlusconi to resign from office, made
the announcement after the PdL said it had withdrawn its support
from his government.
Bersani also said he would not focus his election campaign
on Berlusconi as he is confident the media magnate has no chance
of winning a fourth term at the head of the Italian government.
"Berlusconi won't win," said Bersani.
"He's trying to salvage what he can but I don't intend to
run an election campaign on the issue of whether or not to have
"The Italian people have the information they need to
decide and they will decide that he loses".
Berlusconi's PdL party is trailing a long way behind in
third place after being overtaken by comedian Beppe Grillo's
anti-establishment Five Star Movement.

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