The Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities, Dario Franceschini proposed the day for the commemoration of Dante and yesterday (17 January 2020) has been approved by the Council of Ministers. The day chosen is March 25, which is considered by many to be the day on which the long journey to the afterlife begins.
The proposal of the national day dedicated to Dante Alighieri as well as being the subject of several parliamentary acts had collected the adhesion of intellectuals and scholars and prestigious cultural institutions from the Accademia della Crusca, to the Società Dantesca, to the Dante Alighieri Society, to the Association of the Italianists to the Italian Society for the study of medieval thought.
These are the words of Minister Franceschini:
“Every year on March 25, the date that scholars recognize as the beginning of the journey into the afterlife of the Divine Comedy, Dantedi ‘will be celebrated. A day to remember Dante’s genius throughout Italy and throughout the world with many initiatives that will see a strong involvement of schools, students and cultural institutions ». «A year after the celebrations of the 700 years since Dante’s death – added Franceschini – there are already many projects under consideration by the Committee for the celebrations chaired by prof. Carlo Ossola. Dante – concluded Franceschini – remembers many things that hold us together: Dante is the unity of the country, Dante is the Italian language, Dante is the very idea of Italy “.
In recent days the Italian foreign minister, Luigi Di Maio, is being borbarded by criticism from all over the country. The question is very simple: the moment of conflict in the Middle Eastern countries.
Although Di Maio has been foreign minister for just 5 months, he is trying to assert his decisions but is criticized every day because the strategic importance of Libya is fundamental for Italy. Although many people speak of economic interests, especially those of Gas, it is also of fundamental importance for the balance of migration, which constantly spills illegal immigrants on the Italian coasts.
It is a painful moment for the government and for Di Maio who have to face various still unresolved issues. In fact, some measures taken are still at the starting point, such as the cut of parliamentarians, who despite the decree having been voted on in the Senate, the request for annulment has been made and in the coming months we will vote in the referendum.
Other important issues are the electoral law, which has been under discussion for a long time and on which no solution has yet been found.
In addition, the electoral law is continuously changed between proportional and majority.
The final issue on the discussion table is that of the withdrawal of motorway concessions for the Benetton family company.
The intention of the revocation began with the tragedy in Genoa with the collapse of the Morandi bridge, in which the Atlantia company had the demerit of not having carried out the right maintenance checks.
The ‘il fatto quotidiano’ (newspaper very close to the “Movimento Cinque stelle”) even criticized Di Maio insinuating that he could step down from both the role of minister and that of leader of the Movement. Although there are storms of criticism, the government does not seem to risk falling.
The government could risk falling if Salvini manages to win the regional elections in Emilia Romagna.
During the meeting held in the Senate Giuseppe Conte harshly criticized Matteo Salvini in his speech and announced his resignation after his speech.
Matteo Salvini, deputy premier and interior minister, responded during his speech that he has no regrets about everything he did in the 14 months of the yellow-green government.
During the last few months, however, something has broken and the agreement with the Lega (Salvini) and M5S (Luigi Di Maio) has not worked anymore.
However, each party accuses the other of treason the irrefutable truth is that of Matteo Salvini and the league wanted to create the crisis to go to the elections because the polls give it to almost 40% when instead at the beginning of the legislature it arrived with difficulty at 20%.
The construction of the TAV (high speed train) that could connect Italy (Piedmont) with France (Lyon) has been repeatedly rejected by the five-star movement. The Lega used this disagreement as a pretext to break the coalition.
During these months of government many concrete things have been done such as the 100 share for the pension, the income of citizenship and the security decree that in addition to favoring the legitimate defense puts many restrictions on the landing of migrants, a very real topic, to which the Italy probably never gave the right weight, although it was always penalized geographically.
The fight against illegal immigration is a workhorse of the Lega, and on which it has gained many of the current consents.
We still don’t know how the future will evolve but the certainty is that in the autumn there will be elections. The M5S could ally with the PD and this could imply a fundamental role on the new political lines.