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The Italian prime minister, Mario Draghi, left last night and hastily the NATO summit he was attending in Madrid. The Italian president, who has been one of the protagonists of the political actions in recent months deployed by the European Union and the Atlantic partners in the war in Ukraine, decided to return to Italy due to the internal tensions that exist in his government . An important council of ministers will be held in Rome on Thursday that Draghi wanted to prepare a little in advance, sources from the Chigi Palace told this newspaper.

Draghi’s entourage stresses that the decision was made in the morning. It is also noted that he has nothing to do with the conflict that the prime minister has with the leader of the 5 Star Movement, Giuseppe Conte. Some newspapers reported on Wednesday that Draghi had asked the founder of the anti-establishment party, the comedian Beppe Grillo, to dismiss Conte. “It’s just about preparing well for an important Council of Ministers that fundamentally deals with energy and the price of bills,” they insist. But the shock of the leader of the third largest economy in the euro zone at the NATO summit, one of the most important in recent years, is a clear symptom of the tension that exists these days between the partners of the unity government.

Draghi dined with the rest of the international leaders at the Prado museum and then took the presidential plane to return to Rome. The internal fights have grown in the last hours in the Executive of him. And the second round of the administrative elections held last Sunday have only made things more complicated. All this, when the next general elections are already in sight, scheduled for next spring at the latest.

The right is going through a great phase of conflict after the bad result. Matteo Salvini sees how his leadership is getting weaker: within the party and in the coalition that the League had been leading for a long time. Silvio Berlusoni’s Forza Italia is beginning to question the ability of Giorgia Meloni, leader of the Brothers of Italy, to be able to take on the challenge of governing if he were to win the next election, as all the polls point out. And she, head of the only party that did not enter Draghi’s unity government, has begun to suspect all of her associates. A tension that is reflected in the Executive, where the League and Forza Italia try to set their own profile on account of internal politics.

The 5 Star Movement, on the other hand, is in a phase of decomposition. And its leader, former Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, denounced that Draghi had pressured the formation’s founder, Beppe Grillo, to fire him. “It seems to me sincerely serious that a technical prime minister, invested by us, interferes in the life of the political forces that support him,” attacked Conte, who nevertheless insisted on his “loyal and constructive” continuity in the coalition. The prime minister advanced this Wednesday that he has already spoken with Conte and that they will do so again tomorrow to meet “as soon as possible.”

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