Notizie dall’estero

Pago molto volentieri i sei euro mensili per l’abbonamento al Financial Times: ha tutte le qualità che non troverai mai in nessun quotidiano italiano e ti permette ti leggere gli eventi nostrani con una lente più distaccata e pacata (da questo punto di vista l’Economist eccede in luoghi comuni e critiche che piacciono tanto agli esterofili).
Tuttavia, l’ultimo articolo del FT sulla crisi di governo, scritto da Gui Dinmore anziché dal solito Tony Barber, dipinge un quadro politico con tratti lievemente caricaturali. Ad esempio:

“Un magnate dei media alleato con separatisti nordisti, post-fascisti e cattolici”
“Un presidente della repubblica post-comunista”

Ad esser cinici, non è del tutto frutto d’esagerazione, ma senza le dovute chiavi di lettura, pare che l’Italia sia politicamente ferma agli anni ’70. Ad esser meno ottimisti e incantati, è proprio così.

Berlusconi’s return could be held up
By Guy Dinmore in Rome
Published: January 25 2008 20:01 | Last updated: January 25 2008 20:01

Silvio Berlusconi, the media mogul and former Italian prime minister, was on Friday night plotting an April comeback to power following the collapse of Romano Prodi’s centre-left government.

With opinion polls giving Italy’s richest man a comfortable lead, Mr Berlusconi, 71, expressed confidence Friday he had the support of coalition partners to form a government.

“We are united. We are all in one embrace,” Mr Berlusconi said in Naples in response to a question about the health of his quarrelsome coalition, which includes northern separatists, the post-fascist National Alliance and centrist Catholics.

Shares in Mr Berlusconi’s Mediaset group rose nearly 2 per cent on anticipation of his return to office and an end to stalled attempts by the Prodi government to liberalise broadcasting and pass a law seeking to minimise conflicts of interest between business and government.

Standing between Mr Berlusconi and snap elections is Giorgio Napolitano, a former communist, whose role as president becomes critical in times of political stalemate. Mr Napolitano wants an interim government to reform the electoral system first.

The proportional representation system with a barrier to entry in parliament of less than 2 per cent was introduced by Mr Berlusconi just before his defeat by Mr Prodi in 2006.

Luca di Montezemolo, influential leader of the Confindustria business association, came out against Mr Berlusconi, declaring that “party egotism” should be put aside for a period of reforms.

“Since it entered the euro, Italy has not been governed. A project, a challenge or any kind of vision for the country’s future has been completely lacking,” he said.

Mr Berlusconi wants elections on April 6, according to a close ally. However, he does not rule out a brief interim government if he nominates the prime minister. The name most mentioned is Gianni Letta, his closest partner.

Mr Napolitano last night began a series of consultations with key politicians, scheduled to last until at least Tuesday evening. Mr Prodi, who has submitted his resignation, last night cancelled a trip to Washington next month but confirmed he would be in London on Tuesday for a four-nation European summit.

Under Mr Prodi, Italy’s economy has started to recover from the stagnation and deficit spending that characterised the five years under Mr Berlusconi. And market analysts are concerned about an interruption to reforms.

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