Mario Draghi, ex-head of the ECB, unites – for the time being – Italy. As Prime Minister-designate, he can count on broad, cross-party support. But how long is the honeymoon?
Rome. Usually Italian politics is characterized by a lot of arguments and power struggles. So it seems almost eerie what has happened in the country in the past few days: Since President Sergio Mattarella entrusted the former President of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi, with the formation of a government, suddenly everyone has surprisingly agreed.
The entire political spectrum is united behind Draghi. On Thursday evening, the populist five stars, the numerically largest party in parliament, joined the ranks of supporters. Although the party is based on an anti-establishment promise, 60 percent of the members in an online vote recently endorsed cooperation with the Draghi government. Nothing stands in the way of his assumption of office in the coming days. Even the right-wing opposition parties Forza Italia under Silvio Berlusconi and the currently most popular party among voters, Matteo Salvini’s Lega, pledged their support for Draghi.
The only exception was the far-right Fratelli d’Italia party headed by Giorgia Meloni. Otherwise everyone is convinced: Draghi should save Italy, lead the country out of the political impasse into which the parties had recently steered it.