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Italy in uncertainty after a surprise government crisis

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Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte at Chigi Palace in Rome, August 8. ALBERTO LINGRIA / REUTERS

When he appeared in the press room of Chigi Palace, on the evening of Thursday, August 8, a little after 11 pm, the president of the Italian council Giuseppe Conte only seemed to be condemned © in suspension. Lured by his almighty number 2, Matteo Salvini, the political leader of the League (far right) who had decided a few hours earlier not to pursue the government experience he did not seem to have any other way out than to throw away the sponge. Gold – was it because he had nothing left to lose? â € "it happened something quite unexpected. Suddenly, and maybe for the first time since coming to business, on the 1st June 2018, Giuseppe Conte began to speak like a prime minister.

The crisis was triggered Wednesday night after the adoption of a motion favorable to the tunnel project Lyon-Turin, voted by the League and the opposition, while It was rejected a Motion of the 5 Stars Movement (M5S), fiercely opposed to the project. Shortly after the vote of the senators, testifying to a major disagreement within the coalition, Matteo Salvini went to the palace Chigi to talk with Giuseppe Conte, and ask him for a government reshuffle on pain of provoking early elections.

Salvini wants the head of the Minister of Infrastructure M5S, Danilo Toninelli, accused of blocking major projects like the Lyon-Turin line and damaging investment in the peninsula, but also asks that of the Minister of the Dene Elisabetta Trenta, suspected of obstructing her plans to control the seas, as well as the departure of the Minister of the Economy, Giovanni Tria, in a conciliatory line with Brussels . In the state, Matteo Salvini knows perfectly well that it is impossible to subscribe to these requests. And from Wednesday night, the mechanics are switched on.

Thursday's day is punctuated by shuttles between the Chigi Palace, seat of the presidency of the council, and that of the Quirinal, where the president of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, resides. , invisible actor but ubiquitous in this kind of situations. But no escape this time seemed possible.