After the rebuff from the Democratic Party, Luigi di Maio, now in his second week as leader of the first political force in the country, went on the counterattack.
He summoned the foreign press and, in pure 5 Star Movement style, described the current situation as everyone agreeing on the issues, but quarreling about positions in a new government. On the one hand, he used the easygoing tone he has been employing of late, taking the edge off particular policy proposals and fully embracing the EU and Atlanticism. On the other hand, he put heavy constraints on the formation of a new government, giving a sort of ultimatum and rejecting any technocratic government across a broad parliamentary spectrum.
“There is no possibility of a technocratic government, or a government of everyone,” Di Maio said bluntly, as he claimed that the negotiations for the election of the presidents in the two chambers (which will take place in 10 days) are completely free of “any dynamics connected to a government.” For the political leader of the 5 Stars, it is simply unthinkable “to imagine another government team than the one chosen by the popular will.”