Monday afternoon new Democratic Party leader Matteo Renzi presented the team that will lead the party with him: 5 men and 7 women, with an average age of 35 years old (to see who they are click here). PD member Gianni Pittella noted that, for the first time in an Italian party, the leadership board has more women than men. Renzi tried to involve both of his challengers in the primary election in the team. Pippo Civati accepted the offer and suggested his supporter Filippo Taddei (who currently is in charge of economic policy for the party). Gianni Cuperlo, instead, refused the role of president of the party’s National Assembly (the assembly is composed of about 1000 members who work with the party’s leadership board to run the party). Renzi met with Prime Minister Enrico Letta later in the day. In their official statement they said that the meeting was “useful”, although Il Fatto Quotidiano reported that Letta and Renzi expressed different opinions about the timing for the reform of the electoral law.
Meanwhile, there have been many protests throughout the country since Monday organized by a movement born in 2012 in Sicily called “Pitchfork movement” which generally opposes government and politicians. The movement is mainly composed of truck drivers, farmers and unemployed people who want to put pressure on the government to reduce taxes and to approve economic measures to overcome the economic crisis. This morning Beppe Grillo endorsed the protests and wrote an open letter to Italian law enforcement asking them to stop protecting politicians and join in the demonstrations. Grillo’s letter followed the action of a few policemen who took off their protective helmets during the demonstrations. This gesture was interpreted by journalist as a show of solidarity, but some police labor unions explained that policemen took off their helmets because it was not necessary to wear them anymore.
This morning Letta gave a speech to the parliament asking for parliament to confirm its confidence in the government and “for a new beginning”. Letta said he is willing to enact institutional reforms. He also criticized Beppe Grillo for his call for insubordination.