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Italian Democrats: ‘In Italy, there is no longer a government’

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25.04.2019

Report. In its no-confidence motion against the M5S-Lega government, the Italian Democratic Party ripped into the coalition from every possible angle: from corruption to paralysis to a failed economic plan.

written by Maria Teresa Accardo

Topic Italy

ROME

April 25, 2019

The Democratic Party, led by Andrea Marcucci in the Senate, submitted a no-confidence motion on Tuesday against the yellow-green government. They argued that since the new government has taken over, “Italians are more indebted and isolated in the world,” and as “employment has declined, growth has stopped, insecurity and lawlessness have increased.”

The PD chose to file this largely symbolic motion instead of a motion of censure against Transport and Infrastructure Undersecretary Armando Siri (Lega), who is under investigation in a corruption probe. A motion of censure against Siri would have had a good chance to pass with the votes of the M5S, thus removing Siri from office in what would have been a great political gift for the Five Stars, as Di Maio and others have called for Siri’s removal, in yet another clash with the Lega.

In the end, the PD is doing his part to keep up the facade of principled conflict between the two allied parties, who need each other to keep the government afloat. Nonetheless, Marcucci did not miss the opportunity to attack the government coalition from every possible angle: “In Italy, there is no longer a government”—while, at the same time, “they have all glued themselves to their........

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