Sabato, 20 Ottobre 2018

FT paints Enrico Letta as capable mediator


London, April 24 - Enrico Letta is a centre-left
Democratic Party (PD) loyalist and seasoned mediator, wrote the
Financial Times in profile published online on Wednesday.
FT Rome Correspondent Guy Dinmore's description of the
46-year-old politician chosen to form a new Italian government
paints him as "a party loyalist working behind the scenes among
its bitterly divided factions, while acting as the long-time
bridge to Silvio Berlusconi and the centre-right".
Letta served as cabinet secretary under the centre-left
government led by Romano Prodi from 2006 to 2008, and is nephew
of Gianni Letta, who held the same position under the Silvio
Berlusconi-led centre-right government that followed.
The article points to Letta's strong working relationship
with Angelino Alfano, Berlusconi loyalist and former
centre-right justice minister, as a reason Letta is now viewed
as promising broker for a grand coalition between centre-right
and centre-left.
But Letta must also contend with vehement resistance within
centre-left ranks.
"His diplomatic skills will be tested by the leftwing of
his own party, which is strongly opposed to forming a
coalition," Dinmore wrote.
The article also said that although Letta was "a convinced
pro-European who speaks excellent English and French - rare in
Italian politics," he was "seldom seen as destined for high
office" until two months of parliamentary deadlock and bickering
cast him as a possible "anodyne".

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