The government’s credibility is the biggest challenge for Berlusconi.
26 Maggio 2008
Despite being 71 years old and having undergone heart surgery last year, the Prime M
However, if issues such as these are to be solved rapidly, the Italian well-known habit to compromise needs to be put aside.
In the latest Cabinet meeting held in
This not-in-my-back-yard (NIMBY) approach by the people of
Mr. Berlusconi intends to act swiftly in
The decisive action needed to restore decent living conditions in
Tax evasion remains high; undeclared employment continues to strive; the judiciary is ill-equipped to deal with the backlog of civil and criminal cases; more than three million employees in the public sector won’t make things easy for any m
And the public debt, 105 % of GDP, continues to be, and will be for generations to come, an heavy burden on public finances.
These examples illustrate the meagre state of some local and national institutions that are unable to cope, not only with the challenges set forth by globalization, but, as in the case of Naples, are incapable of providing for the basic public utilities of a modern country.
Therefore, reinstating the credibility of the state is, and will be, the main objective of Mr.Berlusconi’s government.
This goal can be delivered by concrete and tangible actions being taken at all levels of government.
This is also the case for institutional reforms, among which political and institutional comity is the most needed.
Last elections, by contrast, have delivered a Parliament not only shed of the extreme right and left, but also with a smaller number of political parties.
This turning point in the Italian political landscape is leading to unexpected side-effects.
The recently formed centre-left party “Partito Democratico”, or Democratic Party, not only has done away with the unpredictable radical left, but has relinquished its consolidated stance to demonise Mr. Berlusconi’s presence at the helm of the government.
Furthermore, Mr Veltroni, leader of the PD, has recently formed a shadow cabinet, a new entity for Italian politics, whose role was immediately recognised by Mr. Berlusconi.
This modified reality among the main political players needs to be rapidly framed into a new constitutional text, that will certify the birth of a new, more credible and hopefully more effective, political system.
However, this still weak two-party system is, as we speak, the only conceivable way for
Necessity, as the history of this country has repeatedly shown, may bear the fruit of a change in the creative, but often self-lashing, Italian mindset.