Schlein-Meloni duel on TV.  FI slows down, M5s writes to Agcom

A week after the televised confrontation between Giorgia Meloni and Elly Schlein, the barrage of those who see the ‘duel’ as a violation of the rules of equal conditions is growing. And the protest front widens from the opposition, where the voice of the Five Star Movement is heard loudly, to the majority, with the doubts raised by the secretary Antonio Tajani.

The duelists, at least on this point, seem to be on the same wavelength: the televised duel will be an opportunity to help citizens choose. “The confrontation with the prime minister could represent a moment of clarity for people”, says Elly Schlein in an interview with the Quotidiano Nazionale. “Two polar opposite visions of Europe will emerge”, adds the dem leader. “It’s a way to help citizens in their choice”, confirms Prime Minister Giorgia a few hours later: “Complaints and denunciations make me smile. I’m always for discussion, others are very free to make others, if they want. But I it seems excessive to go to great lengths to avoid this”, comments Meloni.

The 5 Star Movement is at the forefront of contesting the format of the two-way debate.

Barbara Floridia, five-star president of the Rai Supervisory Commission, intervenes with a letter to the top management of the public service and to AgCom asking for “guarantees on equal conditions and treatment for all participants in the European elections”, and on the correct application of the approved resolution in Supervision last April 9th, “avoiding undue advantages for some political forces over others”. The Green Alliance and the Left are also against the confrontation, while Matteo Renzi opens up and, indeed, regrets not being able to directly confront the leader of Forza Italia. “Bruno Vespa asked me to participate in a face-to-face meeting with Antonio Tajani. I accepted. Tajani didn’t. Who knows why… Forza Italia runs away from confrontation, too bad”.

The stomach aches over the TV duel, in fact, go beyond the perimeter of the opposition. “You don’t run with the majority in the European elections,” says Tajani. “At the European elections we run with proportional representation, so all the forces must participate in the debate. There are no ‘A’ series forces and ‘B’ series forces”, comments the minister. In short, if there must be a confrontation, for Tajani, it is best that it be a true American-style confrontation, “with all the leaders on stage, so that the level playing field and the spirit of the electoral system are respected. In this round of voting there is no ‘It’s centre-right against centre-left, but a different race pattern: not between two sides but between many parties”, concludes Tajani. A similar argument is that of the leader of Action Carlo Calenda: “It is always wrong to make two-way electoral comparisons where there is no direct indication from the prime minister. But for these European elections, more is happening, a true enormity. Not only there is the proportional system but Meloni and Schlein together don’t even make up half of the Italian voters.

That face to face would be a huge distortion of the level playing field and a scam to the detriment of the voters”, underlines the former minister. Combined with the proportional system and the absence of direct indication from the ‘premier’, Riccardo Magi adds the accusation to the two leaders of “defrauding voters” given that Meloni and Schlein “are running for office so as not to actually go to Strasbourg”. In this way, adds the secretary of Più Europa, “they completely distort the representation of this electoral cycle, transforming it into a poll for the approval of the leaders of two parties and that’s it. Mortifying for the public service, for the Italians and probably also for Schlein and Meloni themselves”. Hence Magi’s appeal to the two contenders: “They should avoid this two-way confrontation and favor the debate between all the lists”.

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