The Silk Road abandoned because it "did not give the expected results". The revision of the NRRP that has "avoided problems" and generated "12 billion for companies", claimed in front of the president of Confindustria Carlo Bonomi. And the conviction that the center-right can stay in Europe "with the perimeter that we already know in Italy." Giorgia Meloni passes in a few hours from Milan to Asti to sign the Cohesion Agreements with Lombardy and Piedmont, and sends messages in various directions. The first follows a concept already formalized in Beijing in recent days, in the belief that in any case "commercial and economic cooperation relations with China must be maintained and improved", as the premier summarized at a press point after a crowd bath among the stands of Artigiano in Fiera, in Milan. He is not yet scheduled to travel to the People's Republic in 2024, when the 700th anniversary of Marco Polo's death falls as well as the twentieth anniversary of the strategic partnership launched by Silvio Berlusconi, which the center-right government wants to relaunch. Meanwhile, Meloni responds to those who were the architects of the agreement with the Chinese government and today calls Palazzo Chigi's move "an own goal".
"Conte - explains the leader of FdI - must explain to us why we are the only nation that has joined the Silk Road but not the one that has the greatest trade with China, not even between European economies". The rest of the opposition is silent on this issue. Apart from Davide Faraone, leader of the IV group: "It is important to understand what the League also thinks, now in disagreement on almost everything with respect to the premier and FI". In 2019, Conte had to overcome Matteo Salvini's skepticism, due to the risks on national security and port control. Today, the prime minister and deputy prime minister are aligned on the idea of turning the page. The two also saw each other at a solidarity lunch organized in Milan (there was also the mayor Giuseppe Sala, with whom Meloni agreed on a new visit in January or February), in the aftermath of the face-to-face meeting at Palazzo Chigi, useful to "confirm" a harmony that lately seemed uncertain. Especially on the subject of European alliances. "You can be part of different European political families and govern very well in Italy and, I say more, try to govern together with a different EU after the next European elections," the FdI leader said. An idea of cohesion that will be put to the test by the long election campaign. As well as some delicate dossiers (from the ESM to beach concessions) and candidacies for administrative elections.
In Asti, Meloni visited the Christmas market ("To feel like a normal person every now and then"), on a day of constant contact with Brussels, where the negotiations on the Stability Pact are being played. A sip of mulled wine that "a fa' passè tuti i sagrin" (makes all the headaches go away) does not chase away all thoughts. After the meeting with Salvini, the fracture in the provincial council in Trento has returned, but in the aftermath the League for Sardinia relaunches "with determination" on the outgoing governor Christian Solinas, a hypothesis to which FdI has so far opposed. Even on the bobsleigh track for the Olympics there are opposing forces. Salvini has relaunched on Cortina. While there was an allusion to Cesana in the words with which Meloni underlined how the Cohesion Agreement with Piedmont enhances assets for winter sports: "Then - let's see if we can do something more. Cirio and I understood each other...". Shortly before, 23-year-old Edoardo De Faveri, the youngest mayor in Italy, had spoken on the stage of the Alfieri Theater in Asti, without hiding his emotion. "I trust much more those who still manage to get excited," said the prime minister, who claimed the goal of making Italy "with a little courage the energy supply hub of the whole of Europe." "When we approved the manoeuvre, someone said there was not the necessary attention to businesses," he noted, "because we were doing the work of revising the NRRP that would have generated 12 billion for companies." (
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