Martedì, 16 Ottobre 2018

Renzi says centre-left must talk to Berlusconi or elections


Rome, April 4 - Florence Mayor Matteo Renzi, who is
seen as a future centre-left leader, has reiterated his
criticism of his party's handling of Italy's post-election
political deadlock, saying it should either open talks with
Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right alliance or call for snap
Pier Luigi Bersani, the leader of the centre-left
Democratic Party (PD), has rejected Berlusconi's calls for the
PD to form a grand coalition with the ex-premier's People of
Freedom (PdL) party.
This stance has left Bersani, whose alliance came first in
February's general election but failed to win a working majority
in the Senate, unable to form a government as the
anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, which holds the balance of
power in the Senate, has rejected his attempts to reach out to
At the weekend President Giorgio Napolitano asked a group
of 10 institutional and political figures to try to formulate a
government programme capable of winning cross-party support and
breaking the deadlock.
But there is widespread skepticism about the chances of
success of the so-called 'wise men'.
"The PD has to decide. If Berlusconi is the head of an
unfit party, then let's ask to go and vote immediately," said
Renzi, who is expected to challenge to lead the centre left if
Italy returns to the polls later this year after losing the last
primary to Bersani.
"Our country cannot afford to coast," he told Thursday's
Corriere della Sera. "Either there's an agreement or we vote.
"The prospect of governing with (people like the PdL's
former communications minister Maurizio) Gasparri is scary.
"It's no coincide that I'm ready for new elections
immediately. But if the PD fears the ballot box, it has to talk
to those who have the numbers (in parliament)," added Renzi, who
was sceptical from the start about Bersani's bid to reach out to
the M5S.
On Wednesday Renzi, a 38-year-old who has frequently been
compared to the young Tony Blair, said Italy was "wasting time"
while "the world is asking us to run twice as fast".

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