Martedì, 25 Settembre 2018
ROME

Minister unveils blueprint for PD renewal

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Rome, April 12 - Italy needs not only a new
government, but a new form of government, says Fabrizio Barca,
an outgoing cabinet minister who has just joined the Democratic
Party (PD).
Barca, who has won praise for targeting funds as minister
of territorial cohesion since his appointment in November 2011
in the emergency technocrat government of Mario Monti, on Friday
unveiled his manifesto for a renewed party and government.
"Every single experience of my 16 months of work...leads to
this dry political conclusion: without a new form of (political)
party, none can govern Italy".
The public distrusts the mainstream political parties and
their "persistent failure of good government," he said, in
introducing the seven-chapter document that he has developed for
a left-wing party that would be anchored in Italy's
Constitution.
Barca's vision of the new party would be one that promises
to make better use of public funds, instill stronger civic
virtues, and would commit to urban renewal.
The Italian media have speculated that Barca, a long-time
economy ministry advisor who first made his name in the early
1990s as one of then-premier Carlo Azeglio Ciampi's young gurus,
might provide an alternative to Florence Mayor Matteo Renzi as
future PD leader.
Barca, the son of a heavyweight in the old Italian
Communist Party (PCI), one of the precursors of the PD, joined
the PD Thursday night.
For now he has said he is only aiming to become a voice on
the party executive.
But observers see him as a possible alternative successor
to leader Pier Luigi Bersani, who is being increasingly
challenged by the younger, more dynamic, media-savvy and
centrist Renzi.
Barca's announcement came as Italian President Giorgio
Napolitano said that the 10 experts he asked to prepare a
government programme capable of winning cross-party support had
found "common ground".
The head of state added that it is now up to the political
parties to make a "similar effort of good will for an agreement"
to break the deadlock Italy has endured since February's
inconclusive general election.

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