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A courageous leap toward unity

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Commentary. If the Democratic Party collapses, public appeals by intellectuals will not save us; rather, the right wing, which has unfortunately grown deep roots, will be victorious. Of course, we do need a reformed Democratic Party. The issue of equality and fairness should be again placed at the center.

written by Nicola Zingaretti

Topic Italy

Also filed under commentary


February 12, 2019

The upcoming European elections will be a decisive moment for the Old Continent, when it chooses either to move toward disintegration, which will be ruinous for everyone, or to make a courageous and indispensable leap toward greater political unity.

The Italian Democratic Party comes to this electoral contest weakened by the defeat it suffered on March 4 last year, and after dangerously postponing the discussion of the reasons for its setback. However, in recent weeks, something has finally happened.

The party’s congress has led to different people and different programs competing for the leadership of the party, and to a confrontation of ideas within the body of the party, involving, in various ways, no less than 200,000 registered party members. I do not know of any other Italian party that would be able to accomplish such a process. This has resulted in a more positive mood and in some hope for the future. These are still initial signals, which have not yet translated into changes in the poll numbers, but which will work in combination with the emergent large-scale disappointment on the part of the electorate that has supported the yellow-green government.

On Saturday, hundreds of thousands of people attended the highly........

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