“Listen, I’ve been biting my tongue all day not to say how outraged I am about this method. You put the government at risk! ”: It’s six in the afternoon, it’s the first and only phone call between the two (former?) Giallorossi allies on a field day. After having apostrophized Giuseppe Conte in this way, who is claiming instead “the result brought home”, Enrico Letta makes him understand the current danger, fatal from a political point of view: “Mind that in France Le Pen has recovered six points by beating only on the purchasing power of households. So there is a potential social conflict, which however can reward the nationalist right: it takes responsibility, we cannot say that we want to spend on arms and not on the social crisis ». So enough with contrasting the two things, “we must say that they are not incompatible, so much so that 1.5 billion a year will go to defense, while most of the resources will go to families and businesses”. Having closed the phone call with Conte, Letta vents with those close to him: “There has never been any race to rearmament, to say it means not to tell the truth.” In two words, great cold.
After discussing what to do with the dem ministers, Orlando, Franceschini and Guerini and after spending hours demining a government crisis “that would leave the world stunned”, Letta is furious. Before Conte he calls Mario Draghi, guarantees him the full support of the Democratic Party and agrees with him that on this issue of weapons “we must sign a compromise”. When Guerini pulls out the idea of putting the date of 2028 in black and white as the dead line to reach 2% of military spending, Letta replies “great idea!”. It is a date that has never appeared on the scene so far. Even if the government had accepted the agendas in the House and the Senate to increase spending on armaments by up to 2% of GDP, everything had been done without a date at the bottom. So much so that the Minister of Defense, in the columns of this newspaper, had reiterated the “graduality” of the path. From Palazzo Chigi they argue that 2028 would be the date already taken into account by the government, taking into account budget compatibility: “After years of slowdown, we have gradually resumed to get closer to that goal,” he explained. Thesis contested by the 5 stars, who claim to have made the premier and the Democratic Party change position on 2024. Draghi and Conte, however, would have discussed precisely this: to the premier who pointed out that it would have reached 2% in 2028, the former premier would have replied that we had to get there in 2030.
Nothing to do: the 5 stars repeat that so far everyone has talked about 2024, so the change of line would be there, and how. But beyond all, on the political level it is the first time that relations between Letta and Conte plummet so low. “Guerini has shown that in these things you need a sense of responsibility and seriousness, not flags to wave”, is the treatment that Enrico Borghi, strongman of the dem secretariat, reserves for Conte. With a thrust of this tenor: «We are talking about a European contingent of 5,000 men: the Democratic Party is in favor of increasing it, what do others say? We are ready to transfer military functions from national countries to the European level, to rationalize military spending, to integrate national industries into a European framework. Are others ready to discuss it? ».
Here is the climate between Pd and M5S. Confirmed by the cross-accusations of having changed position, a battery of vitriolic statements. The fact is that the clash leaves the wounded on the field ready to get up and strike: like the Renzians of the Democratic Party who press Letta to try to convince Salvini to change the electoral law with a proportional system, “to go to the vote each on their own”. In the Democratic Party, there are those who suspect that “if Conte wants to bring down the government and vote in June, he will soon find another excuse to do so”.