Martedì, 18 Settembre 2018

Governing amid turmoil close to 'impossible', says Bonino


Rome, August 9 - The challenge Premier Enrico
Letta's government faces amid turmoil within the ruling
coalition after Silvio Berlusconi's tax-fraud ruling is close to
impossible, Foreign Minister Emma Bonino said Friday.
Bonino added that the situation was affecting Italy's
ability to play a role on the international arena.
The centre-left Democratic Party (PD) and Berlusconi's
centre-right People of Freedom (PdL) party have been at
loggerheads since the supreme Court of Cassation last week
upheld a four-year prison conviction against the ex-premier -
three years of which have been commuted because of an amnesty.
The verdict has put further strain on an already fragile
alliance between the long-standing rivals in the PD and PdL, who
came together in April to make Letta's government possible in
order to end two months of deadlock after February's
inconclusive general election.
"Given the impression that we don't know how to plan our
work, it is clear that this makes it improbable that our
international partners make commitments with us," said former
European commissioner Bonino, a member the small Radical party.
"They haven't an incentive to when faced with a government
that everyone, all the international media, sees as a hanging on
the will of other people.
"Governing in this situation is a challenge that has
something impossible about it".

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