The missiles that rained down on Syria barely had any impact on the Italian political crisis, nor did they accelerate the negotiations toward a solution. The international tension is being used for party positioning and perhaps to settle the score on some issues. And the military action will probably play a role in the president’s imminent decision to create a government, since it creates the need for Italy to take an international stance.
Berlusconi and Salvini insist the political uncertainty must be resolved soon, but that’s just them talking. In fact, there has been little movement, and even the hypothetical meeting between the Lega and 5 Star Movement (M5S) leaders in Verona — where both are going for the Vinitaly wine fair — was denied by the M5S.
Saturday morning, a few hours after the attack, rumors spread that President Mattarella would seek to speed things up. This is not true. The agenda and the strategy remain those set after the second round of consultations. Mattarella will wait until Wednesday morning, or maybe just a little earlier. He might appoint someone on Tuesday night, with a very defined mandate.