The ”exams” of the Italian government

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After the Christmas break (which many people regarded as having been too long, considering the high tension in the national and international contexts) parliamentary activity resumes running Monday in the House, with the final vote on the constitutional reforms and with the general discussion of the Ilva question.  At the same time, the intensive debate on civil unions goes on, since the Senate expects the text at the end of the month.  Long story short, after the skirmishes which took place during the holidays, politics is back on track. And it does so by proposing an agenda which is particularly rich and significant, so much so that many observers consider that the process of constitutional reforms and the debate on civil unions are fundamental for the government. And whereas in the first case it is only a projection, the true showdown will take place during the confirmatory referendum next autumn, the second piece of this complex mosaic, considered that the issue of immigration is technically out, but risks to flare up elections, in the sense that it could affect the administrative vote, it threatens to mark the legislature. Determining with precision what is going to be the impact of Civil Unions on society, how are they going to influence the family, which it is difficult to ignore, represents a key step for Italy and for the future of the government. The fact that many political forces have decided to cling to freedom shows how thorny the question is. Paola Binetti, member of Popular Area, claims very calmly and lucidly that the course of this debate on civil unions there are at least three “obvious contradictions”.

“The first point concerns the nature of the Legislative Decree, which originally was supposed to guarantee the fundamental rights of the couples and today seems to ensure almost exclusively the right of a possible son to be born”, she says, “it does not take into consideration the couple, but only the child. It is evident that by changing the crux of the debate, the entire Legislative Decree should change its perspective”. An observation which is all but of secondary importance. Changing perspective on the run, if not even the landing point with respect to the point of departure, is extremely misleading. From the feeling that a part of the majority wants to use that Cirinnà Legislative Decree as a Trojan horse. The second point which needs to be firmly clarified is reference to the Law 40 “as a warranty that in Italy people are not going to resort to uteruses for rent”. “The myriad of sentences that have attempted to dismantle the law 40 over the last ten years,” Binetti says “with the applause of the Italian left wing, it does not represent a source of warranty at all”. Finally the third point concerns the thought of the CEI on civil unions and, in particular, it focuses on the optimal strategy for tackling the problem: “a question of fundamental importance for all the Catholics who want to be good children of the Church”. As it can be seen, those are important questions that deserve clear-cut, unequivocal answers. It requires an exit examination as well.

Whereas the chapter on constitutional reforms is less complex because the electoral value of the operation is particularly clear. “On Monday, 11 January, the House will vote the IV reading of the constitutional reforms. Then it will be up to the Senate and in April the final vote in the House” the president of the Council, Matteo Renzi has said in his customary E-news, “hence, reasonably, in October will take place the final referendum. Nobody but the Italian people will decide whether our project is fine or not, as simple as that”. Not to mention that many Italians still have to understand what we are talking about, in particular how the Senate will be changed, it is quite evident that this referendum is taking the contours of the plebiscite: he who is not with me is against me. Only after that vote Renzi will be able to say he is a premier elected by the citizens. This is going to be a huge exit examination as well. Many other exams will follow because examinations are never ending…

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