The Democratic Party shatters on Fincantieri’s Fremm in Egypt

The Democratic Party shatters on Fincantieri's Fremm in Egypt

Here is how the Democratic Party splits on the sale of Fincantieri's two Fremms to Egypt after the government's ok.

There are not only the stomach pains of the Five Stars and Leu's blatant opposition to the sale of the 2 Fremm by Fincantieri to Egypt decided by the Italian government.

Surprisingly, despite the yes of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and the ok of the Democrat Minister of Economy, Roberto Gualtieri, the Democratic Party is imploding due to internal conflicts, to the financial operation of Sace-Cdp.

So much so that Matteo Orfini asks the secretary Nicola Zingaretti if the Pd has really given the go-ahead.

In fact, many members of the Democratic Party ask Palazzo Chigi for clarifications on the diplomatic ties that bind Italy to the country governed by al-Sisi, while the 5-star Movement hopes to rethink a "serious event".

A story that is intertwined with the investigations into the crime of Giulio Regeni and with the case of Patrick Zaki, the Egyptian student enrolled at the University of Bologna who has been detained for four months now.

The Bureau of the Parliamentary Committee of Inquiry into the Regeni Murder yesterday met extraordinarily and unanimously decided to urgently convene the Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, for a hearing.

An appointment which – says the chairman of the Erasmo Palazzotto di Leu commission – is considered "preliminary, from a political and institutional point of view, to the continuation of any other investigative activity".

The deputy dem Barbara Pollastrini expresses "deep bitterness" and considers the transfer of the two boats as "a wound": "Patrick Zacki – he recalls – is still being held in prisons and so many opponents to the dictator. For four years Sisi has boycotted the investigation into the murder of Giulio Regeni. Promises and commitments of the institutions seem written on the sand. We cannot be silent ”.

Lia Quartapelle, leader of the Democratic Party in the Foreign Affairs Committee in the Chamber which has always been opposed to the operation (as Gianandrea Gaiani, Director of Defense Analysis and the Start Magazine analyst, Giuseppe Gagliano have highlighted and stigmatized), warned : "The sale of the two frigates carries big risks with them. Not only should international efforts go towards military de-escalation in the region, but Egypt is not our ally: in the Mediterranean we have different interests, with the Egyptians who are part of a reactionary regional axis and who support Libya the government of Haftar, while Italy the internationally recognized government of Serraj ".
To this picture, he says again – “there is the lack of collaboration on the Egyptian side both on the story of Giulio Regeni and that of Patrick Zaky, testifying to a lack of attention towards Italian requests. It is therefore both a matter of national interest and of prestige for our nation: to make us respect and have justice, we would have had to say no ”.
Republic adds today: In the PD Boldrini, Pollastrini, Quartapelle and Cuperlo have made known to the Minister of Defense, Lorenzo Guerini, how they think. "An incomprehensible and unacceptable decision," said Cuperlo. "Egypt is not our ally," added Quartapelle. "In the Mediterranean we have different interests, with the Egyptians being part of a reactionary axis that supports Haftar in Libya, while Italy is the internationally recognized axis of Serraj". On the other hand, the group leader in the Senate Defense Committee, Vito Vattuone, said that "cooperation with an important country in a strategic area between North Africa and the Near East cannot fail."
The opinion of Alberto Pagani, deputy of the Democratic Party and member of the Defense Commission, and of Carmelo Miceli, deputy of Democratic Party and head of Security in the national secretariat is different: “The decision of the Italian government to authorize (as required by current legislation) the transfer to the Egypt of the two FREMM frigates requested, which were destined for the Italian Navy, is reasonable and politically appropriate – they write in an intervention – Tying the decisions on a theme of this magnitude only to the right dissatisfaction with the inconclusion of the investigations on the Regeni case would be the expression of a narrow political vision, which would certainly not offer more opportunities in search of the truth and justice to which we all aim ”.

This is a machine translation from Italian language of a post published on Start Magazine at the URL on Wed, 10 Jun 2020 13:45:49 +0000.