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Letta's Government - The New face of Old Politics?

After two months of tribulation Italy finally has  its new Government.

Enrico Letta (46) is the new Prime minister. Born in Pisa, Letta spent part of his Childhood in Strasbourg. He graduated in International Law at the University of Pisa where he also received his Ph.D. in European Community Law at the Scuola Superiore "S. Anna ". At 25 he was president of the Young European People's Party.  With the first D'Alema Government he became, at the age of 32, the youngest minister in the history of the Republic. In 2001 he became a member of the chamber of deputies, and in 2004 a member of the European parliament. Secretary to the Prime Minister in the second Prodi Government, Letta was re-elected to the chamber of deputies in 2008 and in 2009 was appointed vice secretary of the democratic Party.

Enrico Letta’s Government has to face a very sceptical public opinion and  has been defined as the new face of the old politics.

The right wing party, People of the Freedom, (PdL) and the centre-left Democratic Party have been forced again into an “impossible coalition” in order to form the Government, as it happened when at the peak of the Italian crisis, President Napolitano imposed Mario Monti’s Government.

The new Government combines a few strong figures of both parties, (PDL and PD) and a record number of women. Nevertheless, as the newspaper “Il fatto
quotidiano” points out the “freshness” of the new Government is only apparent because with the appointments that complete the government team emerges the party politics and even some people under investigation, as for example Bruno Archi (Foreign Affairs), former defence witness in Berlusconi’s Ruby process, and
Filippo Bubbico (Internal Affairs), who has an ongoing process for abuse of office. 

The public opinion has already shown to be highly critical and discouraged by the “old politics” as in the recent regional elections in Friuli-Venezia Giulia abstention reached 50 percent.  

Letta will have to juggle with the bank of Italy’s pressure to pursue the austerity program, the compliance with the EU’s guidelines, Berlusconi’s effort to keep his word on the abolition of IMU, a very unpopular real estate tax introduced during Monti’s Government, and the main point of Berlusconi’s electoral campaign. In the meanwhile dozens of MPs have already stated that they will not support Letta’s Government. 

Stability seems still not guaranteed as deep divergences have already emerged on key political points, such as, immigration and the citizenship rights, without considering the social emergency caused by unemployment.  

One of the priorities will be the reform of the election system to be sure of having a clear majority in case of new elections, and immediately to follow, the economical emergency must be taken into consideration.

Giulia Lombardo

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