Italy opens a new political scenario afterwards the crucial election of Emilia Romagna last Sunday. The left holds one of its most emblematic seats and inflicts a painful loss on Matteo Salvini, who had turned the election into a referendum on the legitimacy of the central executive. The League leader thus consumes one of his tricks to regain power with the wind in favor. The Democratic Party (DP), in full crisis, receives an oxygen balloon, which will allow her to calmly reform and seek her partner in Rome, the 5 Star Movement (M5S), more weight in a government of which it is a minority shareholder.
Emilia Romagna (4.5 million) will remain red. DP man Stefano Bonaccini will repeat as president of the region after garnering 51.4% of the vote for League candidate Lucia Borgonzoni, who won 43.7% of the vote despite hyperactive campaigning with his party leader, Matteo. Salvini. The results can be considered good given the opportunities offered to the far right by a region governed by the left for years. Also if compared to previous regional competitions. Borgonzon won 1,014,672 votes this time against his rival DP's 1,195,742. But Salvini had strained the rope of expectations so much that any outcome that was not a victory – this is the first electoral loss he suffers – now condemns him to a state of political melancholy similar to that suffered this summer when he failed to his attempt to oust the Government from the beach. Emilia Romagna was a unique opportunity to take the lead. Now the former Interior Minister can only expect foreign mistakes.
The League leader, who starred in xenophobic and populist episodes in the campaign, such as the intercom call of a Tunisian neighbor accusing him of being a drug trafficker, immediately realized the plan had not worked. He began his withdrawal from the race a few minutes after he closed the polls. "There was never a match like this played in this region," he said, assuming he had reached Sunday's almost-tied. Her candidate – who was also from the right-wing coalition formed with Forza Italia and Hermanos de Italia – has won in schools like Ferrara, Rimini or Parma and will increase her advisors significantly. But it will be inconsistent. And the loss, having personally employed the journey to the last corner of Emilia Romagna, is already finding the opposite effect to the intended one. Markets, in fact, celebrated the result with a reduction in risk premium.
Right, thanks to the Forza Italia candidate's victory in Calabria this weekend, there are now 13 out of 20 regions in Italy. But beyond Salvin's defeat, the most important regional elections to be remembered leave some elements of difference. The first is the clear victory of the DP, the most-voted party, which suddenly regains power at the hands of its new secretary general, Nicola Zingaretti. The Social Democratic Party will now seek to use this victory to rebuild its project at the national level and give stability to an artificial government that is barely able to take further action. In the short term, he will also ask his executive partner in Rome to reformulate power balances within the Government, where M5S now headed the initiative, and to drop some of his political proposals. "We are entering a second phase of the Government," Zingaretti warned as soon as the results were known.