Italy is blocked. And it is blocked for a quite long period of time after the national elections did not achieve to provide a clear result over the clear win of a certain political party. It goes without doubt that the deadlock of Italy is foremost a political deadlock of the entire European Union. Relatively, as there is no hope for overcoming this deadlock, lack of governance can definitely lead to democratic instability.
It is a common belief that political leaders Bersani, Berlusconi, and Grillo do not inspire the Italian public after all. In this respect, the idea of proposing an 80-year old political figure as candidate for Italian Presidency proves something really appalling: that major Italian political leaders decided to propose a figure which in fact could be simply a marionette of the Italian political system, with no voice, and unable of regulating and safeguarding political stability in the country. A symbolic figure that would be only responsible for fulfilling the seat of President and deprived of any other power. Rumors were risen up, the idea was abandoned, and the next candidature of ex-PM Pronti came to overcome the debate. But even in this case, the Socialist Party could not agree on this, ruining again the entire process.
From a wider perspective, the political deadlock in Italy is not something strange in Europe. Greece, Spain, France are amongst other member-states plunged into the same leadership problem, having nourished a political system that cannot promote and build on fresh and inspiring leaders. The phenomenon of recycling leadership is something citizens cannot deal with, nor face it efficiently. This is therefore the main reason why we are witnessing the same political figures trying to gain electoral power even if they have not any new policy agenda to present. People of the European Union know what Mr. Berlusconi, Mr. Samaras, and Mr. Holland represent politically, and even if a considerable part of the electorate disapproves their policy, they are trapped in voting them again and again.
Certainly this is a problem of proper judging when the public stands in front of the ballot box. This leadership gap pushes the public either to vote for the same figures or to decide abstaining from voting. But this strategy leads nowhere. Citizens of Europe should start trusting other political formations, stemming from the Left as any other option for the moment could be even more devastating for political stability in the Union. Any other political preference from extreme right or any other growing trend towards political abstention could increase the existing deadlock and blow up political, economic, and social uncertainty.
The first fundamental test of this deadlock is the forthcoming European Elections in 2014. Let us follow up the pre-electoral debate, as it might be the first structural strike against the current political establishment of austerity politics in Eurozone and the European Union.Dimitris Rapidis