Will Napolitano experience a Pertini?
Napolitano fought against Mussolini and was thrown into jail (like Gramsci). He was a crucial advocate of a market-oriented social democracy (a riformista) when the Italian communist party was reformed in the early 1990s. He is a federalist and his autobiography is called "From the PCI to European socialism".
The Swedish journalist Olle Svenning has written an excellent article about Napolitano, and I just had to translate the last part:
Napolitano had, like a Pope, to wait until the fourth round until he was elected president. Berlusconi could not accept a person characterized by tradition, the left culture of the people, and a deep belief in Europe.In conclusion: We won, "berlusconismo" is over, and the World Cup is around the corner. La vita è bella, anyone?
Moreover, for Berlusconi, with all his TV-armies, equipped with foolish commercialism, Napolitano's literary and cultural education must appear to be frightening.
After the weekend, Prodi will present the new government. The change of government will follow. Italy will be civilized.
Then Italy will win the World Cup. Just like in 1982, when Sandro Pertini, socialist and deported anti-fascist, was head of state.