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Left’s antidote worse than the disease?

26 Aprile 2007

conventions of reformist left movements Democratici di Sinistra and La
Margherita, last week, marked their De Facto fusion into the newborn Partito
Democratico (PD), in what seems  like an attempt, by the moderate left, to
free itself from the more radical one, represented mainly by Comunisti Italiani
and Rifondazione Comunista, both left out of the new Movement. As the President
of the Senate Marini declared yesterday, “Government talks will no more be
held under the roof of L’Unione (the left’s coalition), and the PD will be free
to choose who to talk to”, suggesting that the new PD could look for
allies among the center political forces, marginalizing the extreme left.

the electoral reform has returned to the top of the Agenda. While the Government made
clear it will not formulate any ad hoc law proposal, the struggle is now
between the Parliament and the bipartisan pro-referendum committee, which
includes figures such as Alleanza Nazionale’s Gianfranco Fini and Defense
Minister Arturo Parisi. The latter will have 3 months, starting from today, to
collect the 500.000 signatures required to initiate the referendum. Their
success would probably represent a blow for the ruling coalition. Infact, a
referendum would take away a legislative process – which promises to be slow
and lumbering – from the Parliament, and thus from the majority, undermining
its plan to use it to prolong the Cabinet’s life.

Among the
proposals on the table is a gradual raise of the electoral threshold to 5%,
opposed by the small radical parties. Again, another sign of a trend oward
a more and more bipolar political system, in which the center parties are
likely to gain influence and play a key role at the expense of the extremist
left, of whose blackmail the moderate one seems increasingly tired.

It is hard
not to notice, however, that a move meant to simplify the political scene and
bring some unity to an extremely fragmented left, has ended up creating new
disagreement among those in the fringes of the very movements from whi the DP
will be created. Left leaning Mussi (DS) and center leaning Bordon (La
Margherita), for example, are both likely to privilege their need for
leadership over that for unity, by creating their own parties and thus
nourishing the very fragmentation the PD was supposed to be the
antidote for.