The Italian Elections


Mrs Reggio of ‘Il Sole 24 Ore’

We were lucky enough to have a one on one with Rosalba Reggio, who is a journalist at the well known newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore. She specialises in economics and politics.

“It’s a wonderful job. I love it!” she said.

We were very interested to find out more about the current political situation as it has been a major argument of discussion in the past weeks. She explained her point of view and the situation in general.

“Without a strong team of governors and no political stability, the only thing we can be is scared. Scared of our future as a country, scared of the possibilities this country will be able to offer to the generations to come, scared of what future awaits us.”

The recent elections have had a negative outcome for the left wing parties, as in the Senate, Berlusconi’s right-wing coalition won with 116 seats compared to 113 won by Bersani’s left-wing coalition. In the Parliament, the left coalition won 29.55% of the votes compared to 29.18%  earned by the right wing parties.

“I am exiting this election as a loser” Mrs. Reggio stated (PD supporter).

A great result was achieved also by Giuseppe Grillo’s movement “5 stars”, which scored 54 seats in the Senate and 25,55% of the seats in the Parliament; against every expectation the ex–comedian has concluded the elections with millions of votes and has for sure made  history.

A great comeback was made by Italy’s 50th Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi whose results defied polls and whose coalition won a substanial number of  seats in the Senate, leaving many open–mouthed.

One of the main problems (with the political system) is that all the deputies can make changes to a  ‘bill’ (a proposed law). This is because in Italy we have a system called “bicamerale puro” which means that the Senate and the Parliament have the same power. So for example, before a new law is made, the bill has to be approved by Parliament and then by the Senate. If the Senate decides to make alterations, it has to go back to the Parliament and the process has to be repeated until everyone is happy with the changes and then it can become law.

If the Senate and the Parliament had distinct roles that didn’t overlap each other, there would be less confusion. “We need to change the electoral system and we need anti-corruption interests,” added Mrs. Reggio.

I was interested in her opinion about the elections and what she thinks would be best for our country.

“We need new, young, fresh people. Renzi, for example, should have won. He would have made a huge difference. He’s the only one who understands what type of change we need to make in this country.”

Also I wanted to know if the American political system would work in Italy because in my eyes it seems so perfect.

“It’s very difficult to compare the two countries because of them being so different. I think we need to distinguish the roles better because right now it’s very confusing.”

After a long discussion, we feel pretty confident about our political knowledge and everything is much clearer. We would like to thanks Mrs. Reggio for taking the time to speak to us and helping us to understand the situation much better.