Mario Draghi explains the decree at a press conference. In the background, the match on the Quirinale

There was not immediately a press conference by Mario Draghi to clarify the contents of the latest anti-Covid decree published in the Official Journal. The Prime Minister will answer questions from journalists on Monday at Palazzo Chigi to illustrate the Government’s latest squeeze to counter the new outbreak of the pandemic with the Omicron variant and curb the controversy after the decision on the compulsory vaccination for over 50s.

In the field, however, there are other issues, from the restart of the school (on which there is no retreat by the Government for January 10) to the debate on bills. Because the fibrillation between the parties, almost two weeks after the first convocation of Parliament in joint session for the election of the new President of the Republic on January 24, continues. And here at the press conference on Monday there will be questions on the future of the premier and, consequently, on the government’s tenure.

The coronavirus, however, continues to bite. “The increase in infections, also caused by the Omicron variant, must push us to raise the alert level even more. The virus is silent and is transmitted quickly, so please be careful and get vaccinated. Protect yourself. , loved ones and neighbor “, writes on Facebook the Foreign Minister, Luigi Di Maio, who was positive but recovered. His government colleagues Federico D’Incà and Vittorio Colao are still struggling with Covid.

And the organization of the vote for Mattarella’s successor will also have to deal with this enemy. “With the technical tools that are available today it is certainly possible” remote voting, assures the jurist Sabino Cassese.

Meanwhile, the notoriously no-pass large voters, mostly regional delegates, who come from outside Rome may have problems taking ferries and trains to reach Parliament. From Monday, in fact, the regulation of the super green pass obligation for long-distance transport has been implemented.

And the debate on the Quirinale is enriched every day, on the eve of a key week for the parties, with a series of meetings that will begin to direct the game and the landing in Rome also of the leader of Forza Italia, Silvio Berlusconi, who should be held on January 14th.

According to the national coordinator of the party, Antonio Tajani, the Knight “would do well to dissolve the reserve” and “there are the conditions for him to be elected”, thanks to the help of the votes of the Mixed group. The Democratic Party, on the other hand, is ready for a wide-ranging dialogue, but has already asked for the name of Berlusconi to be removed from the table. And the president of the M5S, Giuseppe Conte, brought together the leaders of the Movement in the evening.

“Meloni, Conte and Letta want elections, even if not everyone admits it”, teases, however, the leader of Italia viva, Matteo Renzi. Who does not spare then criticism on Covid: “We only come up with the vaccine. If today we are a bit late after a perfect 2021 it is because between the second and third dose at the Ministry of Health they have slowed down too much”. And not only: “Enough with the catastrophism and the cold and cynical bulletin. Let’s just give the number of people in intensive care, which is the only really important indicator for the system’s stability”. The president of Fratelli d’Italia, Giorgia Meloni, also attacks: “The executive, undeterred, continues with its bankruptcy strategy and only the Italians pay the price”.

But then there is the bills chapter to hold the spot, with Forza Italia and Lega in line. “Thanks to the 3.8 billion euros included in the budget law we have managed to contain the increase in electricity and gas, but to prevent expensive energy from bringing families and businesses to their knees, we must do more”, assures the Italian minister for Regional Affairs, Mariastella Gelmini. “We need – he adds – a new intervention to further calm prices and, as Forza Italia has been indicating for some time, we also focus on safe natural and nuclear gas”.

The Northern League leader, Matteo Salvini, on the other hand, in addition to begging not to close stadiums and sports activities, returns to the theme of energy increases with these words: “It is necessary to hurry to cut the bills of families and businesses. And in the medium -long period, Italy cannot afford ideological no “. The Democratic Party is quite different. “If today we had the share of energy from renewable sources foreseen for 2030, that is 70%, Italy’s electricity bill would be half: 40 billion instead of 75. This is the solution, not nuclear”, rintuzza the dem Alessia Rotta. In short, there is no lack of controversy. And the vote for the Colle is getting closer and closer.

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Mario Draghi explains the decree at a press conference. In the background, the match on the Quirinale