The leader of the Italian Democratic Party (PD), Enrico Letta, who is trying to return to government in Sunday’s elections, closed this Friday the campaign in Rome with a strong message in favor of Europe and for a “democratic and progressive Italy”. “.
“Long live Europe, enough of this anti-European narrative. I say and repeat: long live Europe”, said Letta, in her speech at La Piazza del Popolo (Popular Square, in Portuguese), where she wanted to end her campaign, remembering David Sassoli, former President of the European Parliament, who died in January.
Sassoli was considered one of the great references of the Italian progressive party.
“We are hope when we fight injustice, when we don’t build walls, thank you David for what you taught us. Long live democratic and progressive Italy”, he concluded.
The PD is the second party in terms of voting intentions, with 21% in the polls, while the far-right force Brothers of Italy (FdI) and its leader, Giorgia Meloni, consolidated the leadership of 25%, with the right-wing coalition totals 45%, but the one led by Letta does not reach 30%.
“This is the time for decisions,” exclaimed Letta, saying that “the Italian right denies climate change.”
“We are not going to allow the right to distort the Constitution,” he added, facing fears that with a large majority the right could reform the Constitution, as he had announced.
In a People’s Square filled with the red, green and white colors of the PD (and the Italian flag), but far from being full, the mayor of Rome, Roberto Gualtieri, was in charge of opening the rally on the same stage, where the party won “with a project of change, not only for the city, but for the whole country”.
Today, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez sent “strength and courage” to Letta.
“Dear Democratic Party colleagues, dear Enrico, next Sunday Italy is summoned for a very important election. And when there are elections, the alternative is always clear: either we go forward or we go back,” Sánchez said in a video message reproduced from the rally. of the PD.
Enrico Letta was Prime Minister of Italy between 2013 and 2014, when the PD leadership approved the formation of a new government.