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La Stampa - Italy | 31/03/2010

Left-wing must offer alternatives

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right alliance performed better than expected in the regional elections. The liberal daily La Stampa writes that this is the voters' way of punishing the opposition for failing to provide alternatives. "In this respect it's pointless for the Democratic Party to see changing its leaders as the solution. Nor can it hope to solve the problem of its lack of identity without first clarifying its role - particularly with a leadership that has been submerged in a suffocating vortex of party infighting for so long. There are two approaches: the one is for the Democratic Party to represent the majority of the opposition in our country, and achieve the odd temporary victory as a result of glaring mistakes on the part of its opponent. The other is for it to set itself the goal of convincing a section of Berlusconi's and [Lega Nord boss Umberto] Bossi's voters that Italy can indeed be governed differently."

La Stampa - Italy | 27/02/2008

The regression of political debate in Italy

The editorialist Luigi La Spina considers the debate that took place on February 25th between Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and the leader of the opposition, Mariano Rajoy, ahead of the legislative elections on March 9th. "The two candidates debated the economy, constitutional reforms, immigration and policy towards ETA. The only subject that wasn't broached was, paradoxically, the one that is enflaming our electoral campaign [Legislative elections are scheduled in Italy for April 15th]: abortion and ethics. And yet the Spanish Church takes part and makes itself heard in the national political debate. There is a striking difference between these two countries which are considered similar. ... Why are ethical questions so over-exposed in Italy ? Perhaps it is due to the weakness of two coalitions and the power of Catholic parties in the centre. ... We are left with an impression that political debate is regressing, for it is far easier to strike a position against abortion than it is to propose a credible solution to put our economy back on its feet."

La Stampa - Italy | 05/02/2008

Berlusconi wants to be seen as a man of dialogue

This Wednesday, February 6th, the Italian president of the Republic Giorgio Napolitano is due to announce the dissolution of parliament and organisation of early elections in April. Luigi La Spina dwells on the return of Silvio Berlusconi in the political sphere. "The centre-right leader, Silvio Berlusconi, will have to use his pyrotechnic propaganda to get people to forget the numbness felt in the elections of 2006 and 2001 ... . The Cavaliere has decided to modify his message. He no longer wishes to be the Sarkozy-style man of 'rupture', as they say, breaking away from and reacting against the traditional hypocritical song and dance and false alliances. This time he wants to be the dialogue man, the only one capable of putting an end to this sterile war where everybody is against everyone else and which has led Italy to the edge of decline. "

La Stampa - Italy | 20/04/2007

Merger of centre-left parties in Italy

United on April 19th in a congress in Florence, the Italian left-wing Party of Democrats (DS), the main group in the ruling coalition, is envisaging a merger with the centre-left catholic La Margherita to create the Democratic party. The editorialist Luigi La Spina comments on this alliance which is favoured by Piero Fassino, the chairman of DS, and which would open the way to the bipolarisation of political life. "Let's not exaggerate. Yesterday in Florence we didn't quite start a 'new history', as Piero Fassino stated using rhetoric belonging to the congress. It would already mean a lot if this allowed us to hope for a 'new form of politics'. This is why the hardly thrilling beginnings of the Democratic Party should not only interest activists, voters, more or less convinced supporters of the centre-left, but also all of the citizens in our country: it is using as a model the bipolarisation that is happening in all the countries of Europe".

La Stampa - Italy | 27/06/2006

Italy rejects regional autonomy

Editorial writer Luigi La Spina examines the string of defeats suffered by the right over the past three months and finds that the referendum result sends a signal to Silvio Berlusconi that he would be well advised to take seriously. "The first defeat after the legislative elections on the night of April 11, was a semi victory. The second one - during the municipal ballot at the end of May - was more clear-cut. Now the third defeat, in last night's constitutional referendum, risks being the worst for the leader of Forza Italia because it breaks the main axis of the political alliance on which Berlusconi staked his revenge in 2001 and which formed the basis for his government during the previous legislature: the agreement with Umberto Bossi's League [the separatist Northern League Party] ... The outcome of the vote indicates that the overwhelming majority of voters in the south are no longer willing to swallow whole the Bossi party's agenda in the name of anticommunism."

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