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Conte’s precarious position, in government but with flagging support

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Analysis. Tensions over arms to Ukraine and the incinerator in Rome split the Five Stars. Conte’s efforts to please both sides leave him in a position of pleasing no one.

written by Giuliano Santoro

Topic Italy

May 21, 2022

The National Council of the Five Star Movement convened on Monday afternoon ended its work on Tuesday by confirming Giuseppe Conte’s line: the M5S deems it “absolutely appropriate that Italy, after having already sent various supplies, including armaments, should now concentrate its efforts on the diplomatic level.” And they called for “the prime minister to come to Parliament to report on the initiatives implemented so far and those planned so that there is full agreement on the political direction.”

Is everything going well, then? Not quite. Fears are circulating among Conte’s supporters that the image of the M5S is suffering, that the party is being held back in the polls because its political and government line no longer appeals to those nostalgic for being in the opposition, nor to those who advocate for the need to gain credibility with the majority that supports Draghi.

A telling example of the difficulty Conte finds himself in is the........

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