Swoboda on Italian elections: „Pier Luigi Bersani and the Partito Democratico face the difficult responsibility of forming a government for Italy, to end Europe’s austerity programme“
The Italian parliamentary elections concluded with narrow margins between the parties yesterday, delivering a majority of 340 seats for the Partito Democratico in the Chamber of Deputies and a divided Senate. The Socialists and Democrats Group (the group the Partito Democratico sits with in the European Parliament), underlined the importance of stability for the country and the need to form a responsible government led by the Partito Democratico without delay.
Hannes Swoboda, President of the S&D Group in the European Parliament, said:
„I welcome the Partito Democratico’s majority in the Chamber of Deputies, but we should not be under any illusions: it will be difficult to form a stable government. I now call on all senators to prove that they have Italy’s best interests at heart. The Partito Democratico will have to shoulder the difficult responsibility of trying to build stability and form a government that can carry out the necessary reforms.
„Italy’s elections follow a pattern we’ve seen all over Europe: everywhere citizens are showing their disappointment with austerity measures and their lack of hope for the future.
„The very first priority for Italy is now to form a stable coalition government to ensure a return to economic growth, employment and decent living conditions for all Italians. I am confident that the Partito Democratico and Pier Luigi Bersani will carry out the necessary reforms to end the crisis in Italy, in co-operation with the people and social representatives rather than against them.
„As Silvio Berlusconi still remains a member of the European People’s Party, it is up to the EPP to call on him to act responsibly – unlike his behaviour during the election campaign.“
Swoboda zu den Parlamentswahlen in Italien: „Pier Luigi Bersani und die Partito Democratico haben die schwierige Verantwortung, eine Regierung für Italien zu bilden, um Europas Sparprogramm zu beenden“
Die italienischen Parlamentswahlen brachten ein knappes Ergebnis mit einer Mehrheit von 340 Sitzen für die Partito Democratico im Abgeordnetenhaus und einem gespaltenen Senat. Die Sozialdemokratische Fraktion, der die Partito Democratico im Europäischen Parlament angehört, unterstrich die Bedeutung der Stabilität für das Land und die Notwendigkeit der unverzüglichen Bildung einer verantwortungsvollen Regierung unter Führung der Partito Democratico.