On the identical day as the boldness vote for Italy’s new Mario Draghi-led authorities, New Europe was in Rome to talk with present MEP and former President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, from Forza Italia about his occasion’s view of the brand new administration, which is the primary in Italy’s historical past to be led by for former head of the European Central Bank.
Tajanai spoke broadly concerning the pandemic, the restoration plan, the brand new angle that Lega has adopted in the direction of the EU, and what the international coverage stance shall be of Draghi authorities.
New Europe (NE): What’s your feeling a few authorities with so completely different political forces?
Antonio Tajani (AT): This is a authorities of nationwide unity, construct up to manage the pandemic. This shouldn’t be a brand new political majority. we’re in an emergency interval, like after World War II, the place the Christian Democrats and Communists didn’t create a political alliance. All they did was resolve to struggle collectively in opposition to unemployment and rebuild the nation. This is what now we have to do now. When the pandemic ends, everyone shall be again to their earlier political corners. We will keep a part of the center-right coalition as a liberal, Catholic, and reformist occasion that can be pro-EU and pro-EU-US relations in its international coverage. The non-participation of the Brothers of Italy within the Draghi authorities is a alternative that we respect.
NE: Do you assume Lega might be a part of the EPP sooner or later and are you attempting to assist this course of?
AT: There is a brand new path within the extra pro-EU angle, one that’s in favor of the social financial system. This is a optimistic reality as a result of until now, Lega didn’t ask to enter the EPP, as was reiterated by Matteo Salvini a couple of days in the past. Silvio Berlusconi stated, if wanted, we can be found to talk with and assist a path in the direction of the EPP for Lega. It is just for Lega who has to resolve on this path. This is already a web optimistic that Lega is a part of the Draghi authorities. As for a pro-EU stance, this doesn’t that you simply bow your head to the Brussels paperwork. It is vital to build up a challenge the place Italy is likely one of the fundamental gamers in Brussels.
NE: Regarding the political program, from what we heard Draghi, it appears to be the kind with a low profile in its approach to fiscal reform. What’s your opinion?
AT: This authorities was created with the precedence to defeat the Coronavirus and to implement a restoration plan. In this regard, now we have to do some reforms, together with a fiscal plan. We should additionally reduce Italy’s paperwork and at last implement environment friendly justice reform. This course of will take time, however it’s already vital for us to cease the potential of creating new taxes. If we kind the following authorities, we’ll push to have a flat tax. Under this tough state of affairs, we should sacrifice some elements of our program. The precedence now could be to save lots of lives as a result of, every single day, a whole bunch of Italians are dying from COVID. We could be dangerous politicians, and dangerous Italians, if this wasn’t a precedence for us. We have already got hundreds of thousands of Italians struggling due to the financial disaster. We threat a brand new unemployment wave with 1000’s of small and medium-sized companies who’re underneath menace of chapter. We have our options. Remember, that we’re the one occasion that offered a vaccination plan and a plan to entry the restoration fund.
NE: On the international coverage entrance, do you see any shift in Italy’s relations with third nations?
AT: This authorities is altering Italy’s approach to international coverage. The earlier Conte authorities was too oriented in the direction of China and far-less centered on our relationships with the US. The United States have to be our fundamental associate. We share the view of this authorities that the 2 high international coverage priorities are our relationships with Europe and the US. Yesterday, Berlusconi talked about in an interview a ‘United States of Europe’ – this is similar route that we’re following. Of course, we’re open to dialogue with the opposite companions like Russia, however with China, we seen that they tried to occupy far an excessive amount of house in our nation. There have been massive issues concerning the metal, ceramic and bicycle industries and unfair competitors from Chinese corporations. We additionally requested a few carbon tax for items imported into the EU. We are additionally not in favor of an unconditional partnership with China and its Belt and Road initiative. We shouldn’t promote our ports (to the Chinese). Last however not least, we shouldn’t be half of the present 5G rollout, as a result of our information has to remain in protected fingers.