An unprecedented presidency like that of Sergio Mattarella and the first premiership of a woman, and a young one at that, like Giorgia Meloni, show that, despite the diversity, cooperation and respect for roles and forms among the highest offices of State produce important results for the country

by Guido Talarico

The provincial gaze of a certain domestic press has missed the deeper political meaning of this G7 underway in Puglia. In international economic and financial circles and in some chancelleries, however, referring to Italy they speak of a ‘Tier 1 summit’, borrowing the definition of the highest quality capital from banking jargon. The reason for this very favourable opinion of a country long considered unstable and often unreliable, has quite irrefutable reasons.

The first element is the Quirinal. Sergio Mattarella has led this country with wisdom and balance since 2015. Nine years characterised by many crises and the usual alternation of governments that the President of our Republic has always faced and overcome with the effectiveness of the jurist, who finds in the Constitution an infallible guide, and of the Catholic, who always prefers strongly ethical choices.

It is no coincidence that in his speech before the Gala dinner, President Mattarella, speaking about the role of the G7, explained that the group ‘is a group of countries united not only by a high level of development and income, but also and above all by values. Values that have significantly promoted the dignity of people and peoples, based on the UN Charters and Declarations. Values, goals, rules, which must be preserved and developed in the new condition of international life. The summit has thus been transformed from a forum for economic coordination into a platform for relevant debate on the major issues of the present day’.

Giorgia Meloni, for her part, fits right into this groove. She has a very different personal and political history from Mattarella, but she too has a sense of institutions and great administrative pragmatism. Without ever denying her roots and her path, the first woman Prime Minister of Italy also in this G7 demonstrates, despite her young age, that she has much more stuff than many of her predecessors and a rare political flair to which she adds over time a greater attention to the formal aspects of politics and institutions.

In short, right now Italy’s strength lies in the balance of its highest institutions, in the objective value of a presidency like Mattarella’s, which has no precedent in Republican history, and in the premiership of a young leader like Meloni, consecrated again in the last elections. It is because of all this, more than because of the results of the summit, which were also there, that according to some today ours is a ‘Tier 1’ country. A judgement that is starting to take hold more and more and that is also based, so to speak, on the analysis of competitors. In fact, looking at all the other leaders present at the G7, one can see that politically speaking the only country that is stable today is Italy, while all the other leaders are ‘lame ducks’, a slang expression from Anglo-Saxon journalism that indicates those politicians who, despite occupying a political office or an elective institutional role, are unable to fully perform their function.

In other words, Biden is weak because it is not known whether he will be elected, von der Leyen is also not yet certain of re-election, Macron and Scholz are weak because they lost the elections, and so on… In short, the stable country for once is ours. Such a simple and obvious reality that yet few have wanted to emphasise. Of course Italy has its own problems to deal with, starting with the public debt, but it is worth remembering that at this historic moment our republican institutions, despite the stupid brawling of certain MPs, are among the most solid in the entire West.

Finally, I would like to add one last element, which is also too often overlooked, and which makes ours a more important country than we ourselves tend to evaluate. I am referring to the Vatican. The presence of Pope Francis in Apulia reminds the world that the seat of Christianity is Rome, not Washington or even Paris. Inviting him to attend was another happy intuition of Palazzo Chigi that the Pope, being the great communicator that he is, fully grasped.

Speaking of values, some time ago President Mattarella said: ‘I do not believe that past seasons were better than the present one, this is an attitude of old from which we must shy away. I do believe, however, that the commercialised bombardment, the models of life to which we are subjected today, has facilitated, increased if not the trend, the danger of a lowering of reference values’. Here, let us try to better understand who we are and, for once, let us try to emphasise the merits and achievements of our republican institutions. And let us try to strengthen this advantage by playing as a team, in the interest of the country. If we do not start from here, from respecting the political and institutional values within which we live, electoral abstention will no longer be an indication of indignation but an eviction notice.

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