Crises can be more or less dramatic but the Byzantine liturgies of Italian politics and the tactical games that accompany those protocols never change. At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, after pocketing in the Senate 173 votes in a ridiculous vote of confidence on the budget law, climbed the Hill to resign.
He also delivered into the hands of the head of State, on behalf of the Democratic Party, a proposal that everyone knows does not even have a thousandth chance of being accepted. Renzi will give Parliament the choice between going to elections immediately after the pronouncement of the Constitutional Court or let the Legislature go on. But in the latter case, “the responsibility must be borne by everyone.” The majority must in fact be extended to other political forces.
The consultations began at 6 p.m. Thursday, following the traditions of the presidents of the chambers, and will end on Saturday afternoon. The last delegation will be the Democratic Party, but Secretary Renzi will not participate, only Vice Premier Lorenzo Guerini and the leaders of the House and Senate. They will debate about the future, but the Renzi proposal will only be a waste of time. No one will respond positively, as Renzi already knows. The proposal is presented to be rejected and thus open the door to the real option the resigning leader wants: to remain in the same seat he already occupies — in other words, to be reappointed and succeed himself.