"An absurd theater", so Spiegel on the elections for the Italian President

Yesterday at 21.40 pm the presidents of the Chamber and Senate went up to the Quirinale to notify the President of the Republic of his re-election with 759 votes, a record, second only to President Pertini. Mattarella did not shirk the unanimous request of the parties to accept a second mandate, after seven days of brawl to forget where, to lose was certainly politics but also the Italians themselves, helpless spectators of a show that has become, at times, grotesque and bordering on improbability.

Mattarella thus sealed the six-day election, delivering a brief speech that summarizes the serious Italian political situation, far from closed and which will reverberate within the various parliamentary groups in the following months: "The difficult days spent with the election to the presidency of the Republic, in the course of the serious emergency that we are still going through on the health, economic and social fronts, call for a sense of responsibility and respect for the decisions of Parliament. These conditions impose not to shirk the duties to which one is called and of course they must prevail over other considerations and different personal perspectives, with the commitment to interpret the expectations and hopes of our fellow citizens ".

The reactions of the foreign press

The news of the re-election of the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella appears on the homepages of all the main international newspapers, writes the AGI, although not among the first news at the opening. All underline a choice in the sign of stability after a week of chaos and divisions between political parties and some cite the same Mattarella who accepted "in the interest of the nation“, Remembering his age and his previous declared intention to retire.

Il New York Times he defines it as the "guardrail" of the "oscillating" Italian democracy. In France, where President Macron was among the very first to congratulate him last night, Le Figaro recalls that the re-election "will make it possible to ensure the stability of the Mattarella-Draghi tandem that has been managing the rehabilitation of the country for a year", while Le Monde he quotes "the interest of the nation" and asks rhetorically if "it would have been better to continue the game of the massacre or to take note of the stalemate and look for a way out, even at the cost of a slight distortion of the institutional logic? It took a disastrous Friday for the leaders of the main political forces to surrender to the evidence and ask the outgoing president to stay at the Quirinale ”.

In the UK, the Guardian speaks in the title of the "deep divisions " emerged during a "farcical parliamentary voting process"And remember that"the XNUMX-year-old did not want a new term but was persuaded to stay“, While the BBC he recalled that he accepted out of a "sense of responsibility", speaking of "often tense votes" in the previous days. The Financial Times he stressed that only the outgoing president can ensure “the survival of the fragile Draghi government. From the USA, the The Washington Post speaks of the re-election of a "reluctant president Sergio Mattarella“, Recalling the photo of the boxes of the move from the Quirinale in recent days. According to New York Times, with re-election "the status quo is preserved". Mattarella, explains the US newspaper, was president during "seven chaotic years in which Italy swung from left to right, representing a guardrail of Italian democracy", while for the Wall Street Journal "Italy chooses to keep the same leaders, avoiding political chaos. Italy's fragmented political class re-elects Sergio Mattarella as head of state and retains Mario Draghi as head of government after a week of disorder".

German Spiegel, who like many in Germany cheered Draghi at the Quirinale, defines the presidential elections "a theater of the absurd". "For days they gambled and fought. But now everything has remained as before, with Sergio Mattarella. Prime Minister Mario Draghi was not allowed to become head of state". The Spanish El Pais recalls that "the parties have not found solutions to the institutional abyss" while El Mundo explains that "they failed to agree and resigned themselves to leaving everything unchanged until the next elections ". The online newspaper Politician.Eu he says that "Prime Minister Mario Draghi and the governing parties have asked Mattarella to stay to break a week of political stalemate".

According l 'Irish Times "Sergio Mattarella (80) would have liked to leave his role but the political leaders were unable to find an agreement on his successor". The South China morning post says he "accepted after parties failed to find a mutually acceptable alternative candidate in a tough week of voting in parliament," while the Russian Kommersant highlights that the president "he was supposed to leave his post on February 3, but, due to the possible consequences for the country's political stability, he agreed to run for a second term after coalition parties asked him to reconsider his decision to step down"

"An absurd theater", so Spiegel on the elections for the Italian President