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Conte’s speech: an end to bombast and old grudges

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Commentary. With the M5S-PD-LeU government, a new political season is opening up. It will be littered with obstacles, conflicts, rivalries and missteps. But from Conte down to the last member of Parliament supporting the alliance, everyone knows we are dealing with something more here than a simple wager.

written by Norma Rangeri

Topic Italy


September 11, 2019

As long as the present Constitution is in force, the representatives of the people are the deputies and senators. As regards the government which asks for their trust, its function is to serve the country and it must be exercised “with discipline and honor.”

These facts, with which the Prime Minister began his speech to the Chamber of Deputies on Monday (with the first enthusiastic applause coming from President Mattarella), might be seen, at first glance, as mere expressions of institutional courtesy. However, at the same time, the two leaders of the right-wing Lega-fascists were in the streets asking once again for “the people” to be given their due, accompanied by the usual salutes with right arms extended.

Their rabble-rousing is expected to recur in the coming months, with a full campaign of protests. As of now, they have only........

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