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On opening day, Conte invites everyone to the table

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06.06.2020

Analysis. Conte limited himself to generalities, inviting everyone to proceed with the reforms already in Parliament and promising a great deal for everyone, without ever getting into the substance.

written by Andrea Colombo

Topic Italy

June 6, 2020

Giuseppe Conte is taking up the appeal of the president—at least in words. He is proposing a dialogue “with all the social actors” to finalize the project of economic revival—basically in order to decide together how to spend the European aid funds.

Will this include the opposition? “Of course, it’s not a slush fund at the disposal of the government that happens to be in office.” The press conference of the Prime Minister on the day of the economic restart dealt mainly with the coming crisis and how to deal with it. The reopening of the regional borders, the de facto end of the lockdown, was referred to only in the first paragraph—“reassuring data, but we must remain cautious”—after which Conte moved on to the main worry of nowadays: the heavy blow that is about to strike the country in terms of impoverishment, bankrupt businesses, unemployment.

Conte limited himself to generalities, inviting everyone to proceed with the reforms already in Parliament and promising a great deal for everyone, without ever getting into the substance. The signal that he intended to send out is, after all, a political one, just as Berlusconi’s letter to the Corriere della........

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