Mr. Draghi’s bet has all the potential to change a country where, as the saying goes, “you are nobody unless you are investigated”. It is nothing less than an attempt to restore Italians’ confidence in their political leaders and institutions after decades of anti-establishment vitriol, angry headlines and slurs on social media.
The threat of endless litigation, Mr Draghi argued, scares foreign investors, forces growing Italian companies and could even prevent Italy from meeting the demands imposed by the European Union to win its share of over 200 billion euros post-Covid. recovery fund.
“Justice is one of the keystones of the recovery,” said Claudio Cerasa, editor-in-chief of il Foglio, a newspaper that has established itself as the voice of the protection of the rights of the accused, but also of the frustrated accusers, slow and politicized justice. He said that Mr. Draghi “depoliticizes the conflict and brings it to a different level, which is the hallmark of Draghi, he turns everything into common sense.”
However, it is not an easy task. But Mr. Draghi is betting that after several decades the political winds around the issue have turned in his favor.
Justice may have emerged as the central theme of contemporary Italian politics in 1992, when Clean Hands’ filigree investigation uncovered a complex, vast and systemic corruption that was funding the country’s political parties.
The scandal was known as Bribesville and brought down a ruling class, marking the end of the First Italian Republic after World War II.
Prosecutors became public heroes and, taking advantage of the widespread impression that all politicians were guilty of something, they sank into the vacuum of power.