Although still three months away, Italy’s general election campaign is hotting up.Known for being an opportunity for the blunt exchange of views between candidates, the campaigning is as usual causing political fireworks.
One of the main bones of contention is the change of electoral system pushed through by the current government.It is something which Romano Prodi, leader of the opposition centre-left coalition criticised in an interview with Euronews. “With the former majority system, governments lasted out their mandate.It means that even if I don’t like the government of Mr Berlusconi (I see it as the worst ever) but at least it has lasted the course.But now they are returning us to the instability of proportional representation.Well, for me I have responded to this in a political way by pushing for the creation of a new party from the old coalition.Even now we have decided to do this but we will see it through and formalise the new party after April’s election.I think politically this will be a significant move.” Once the head of the European Union Commission, Romano Prodi is a staunch supporter of the bloc.Although returning once more to domestic politics, he sees the future of Italy and the Union as being inextricably linked. “Once we had politicians from the great European countries who built their polical careers on the progress of Europe. But now the European Union has reached an impasse so we must try to return to European principals.If I win the election I promise to do this, obviously within the contraints of Italy’s influence in the union.I think that Angela Merkel will also do this. And in 2007 France will hold elections and I know that country will also focuss on the Union. It means that once again we can return to the principlal foundations of a working Europe.”