Thirteen days before Italian citizens go to the polls, the only public debate between the main opponents took place in the studio of the Corriere della Sera newspaper.
Giorgia Meloni, leader of the right-wing Brothers of Italy party, and Enrico Letta, head of the center-left Democratic Party, spoke out against the sharp increase in energy prices and described different visions of Europe.
Giorgia Meloni, leader of the Italian Brothers:
- There is Germany, which disagrees with the price of gas because it has contracts with Russia in which German companies pay a third of what Italian companies pay, which also creates a competitiveness problem. We want a Europe in which Italy could also stand up for its interests and seek solutions together with others.
Letta criticized Meloni for her support of the Hungarian and Polish governments, which, he said, want to have veto power over decisions that matter to Italy.
Enrico Letta, leader of the Democratic Party:
- We need a Europe that works in unity, one that came together after the pandemic and made the exceptional decision to give Italy funds from the Recovery and Resilience Fund. This is the Europe in which we want to move forward. But we need to remove the veto and provide the necessary conditions to be effective and to influence decision-making in areas where Europe cannot do so now because of the votes of those who block decisions and do not want to give up their veto power.
The general elections in Italy will be held on September 25.
According to the latest polls, a center-right coalition consisting of Meloni’s Brothers of Italy, Matteo Salvini’s Liga and Silvio Berlusconi’s Go Italy party, together gaining about 50 percent of the vote, is expected to win an absolute majority of seats in the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate. While the left-wing alliance led by the Democrats lags 20 percent behind their rivals.