by Yasmin Inangiray
The European elections are still a year away, but it is clear that for the majority and opposition political forces, the Strasbourg vote represents a watershed to consolidate leadership and build, perhaps, new alliances. To ignite the debate, kept until now more or less under the radar, is the fund of Maurizio Molinari, director of the newspaper la Repubblica, who hypothesizes the farewell from the logo of Fratelli d'Italia of the tricolor flame. A legacy of the National Alliance and even before the MSI. A restyling, explains the director, which would serve the party of Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni to be able to sanction an alliance with the EPP in order to mortgage the future presidency of the European Commission in case of a significant result from the polls.
That the dialogue between the two families, that of the popular and that of the conservatives and reformists of which Meloni is president, is started is well known, but the idea that FDI should give up a 'piece' of its symbol at the moment is not (officially) taken into consideration. Giovanni Donzelli, head of the party's organization, thinks about putting his hands forward "with all due respect to all those in Italy, despite being hostile to us, would like to teach us how we should do politics, the symbol of Fratelli d'Italia is chosen by members and not by other Italian or European parties. For the sake of truth - says the deputy of FDI - we communicate that no member of Fratelli d'Italia has requested to change the symbol, a hypothesis that only the Italian left is passionate about. And we are disinclined to comply with the wishes of the left."
He is echoed by Antonio Tajani, the 'heavy' voice of the EPP: "A negotiation on the symbol is out of reality. No one has asked anyone anything, I can deny absolutely", clarifies the Foreign Minister who, however, opens the possibility that after the elections there may be "an alliance between the popular, conservative and liberal".
The idea that Fratelli d'Italia can eliminate the flame from its symbol is a theme that constantly returns to appear in the political debate. Shortly before the elections, it was the senator for life Liliana Segre who asked that FDI change its logo. Ignazio La Russa replied to this request, explaining that the flame "is in no way comparable to any symbol of the fascist regime and has never been accused, much less condemned, as an apologetic symbol". Without mentioning the senator for life, even the leader of FDI made it clear that the party logo would not be changed: "Here it is, our beautiful symbol deposited for the next elections. A symbol of which we are proud", said Meloni on the eve of the presentation of the electoral lists.