Articles- La Stampa
- Nikkei Business
- Financial Times
- Project Syndicate
- The Times
- Corriere della Sera
- The Economist
- Voice series
|India, il Professore, and Italy┤s political crisis|
Corriere della Sera - March 1st 2007
I suppose I should ask myself, with a weary sigh: why should I be surprised at
Yes, I am politically na´ve. No doubt this episode represented a payback for previous ignoble deeds by the left. But still, the opposition diminished themselves by this vote, morally and as patriots. Whatever you think of the
Perhaps, though, I am also surprised about the political crisis because on my own recent visit to
No doubt they will have discussed each other´s alternativesŚbeyond the alternative, I mean, of quitting politics and going back to university. Dr Singh´s other options are limited, because
Romano Prodi´s position is surely better. His coalition is split and fragile. But so is the centre-right. It cannot agree on who should succeed Mr Berlusconi, especially since Mr Berlusconi does not agree that there is a need for a successor at all. The long-held dream of a coalition of the centre should in theory be a practical option, in such circumstances. There is dissent and disagreement on both sides. But one should not be na´ve about that either. Theory and practice are two quite different matters when it comes to politics.
Having won his confidence vote to re-establish his government, what should Mr Prodi do now? Many have said that he is now wounded, weakened, unable to carry on with any bold policies. And it is true that his left-wingers have tried to show that they are willing to bring down the government, that they are not intimidated by the threat of new elections. Even so, in my view, he should not act as a weak prime minister, should not give in to such bullying. If he does not continue with his programme of reform, modest but useful though it was, what is the point of remaining as prime minister at all? If he cannot do anything, it would then be better to go back to university. Don´t let the left win. Keep on daring, Mr Prodi.