In the run-up to the European elections, Schlein's name in the symbol divides the party. Prodi: “Wounds to democracy”


By John

The issue of the name of the Democratic Party secretary in the symbol of the next European elections is monopolizing the work of the Democratic Party leadership convened to approve the lists. The debate, according to what we learn, arises from the proposal advanced in the direction of Stefano Bonaccini to include the name of Elly Schlein in the dem symbol.

A proposal that had been put on the secretariat's table, it is reported, already this morning and which had seen representatives of the Dem majority such as Marco Sarracino and Peppe Provenzano opposed. But Debora Serracchiani, head of Justice who supported Bonaccini at the congress, also expressed doubts. Those against it, emerges from the debate in the leadership, fear in particular an excessive personalization of the party and the electoral campaign.

Furthermore, those against complain about the timing of the proposal: The discussion, underlined for example by Giuseppe Provenzano, should not have been opened today, but after the European elections and included in a broader work on the organization of the party and its model. A model which, for those who oppose the inclusion of Schlein's name in the symbol, cannot be the leadership model seen in other parties. «Elly, you're not Giorgia Meloni, Matteo Salvini, you are not Tajani, you are not Renzi, Calenda. You are better than them and come from a different culture», underlined Cuperlo. Schlein's leadership, for Cuperlo, “is more authoritative and strong without necessarily that choice.” Alfredo D'Attorre, head of University and Research of the Democratic Party and exponent of the former Article 1 area, also spoke out against the proposal.

“What's happening really shows that no one is listening to me.” Interviewed in Naples, during the 'La Repubblica delle idee' initiative, Romano Prodi thus comments on Elly Schlein's choice to run for the European elections. «Let's think with a bit of common sense – argues the former president of the European Commission – because we have to give a vote to a person who, if he wins, certainly won't go. These are wounds of democracy, a ditch is being dug so that democracy is no longer loved. I only said this. It's about Meloni, Schlein, Tajani and everyone. This is not the way to argue that democracy is a system at the service of the people.”