The New "European Democratic Party" Was Cooked at 10 Downing Street
by Claudio Celani
On April 25, French Presidential candidate Francois Bayrou announced that he will give birth to a new party in France, called the Democratic Party, and added that he, together with Italy's Romano Prodi and Francesco Rutelli, had already founded the European Democratic Party in 2004. Meanwhile, in Italy, the two main coalition parties, Rutelli's Margherita and the Democratici di Sinistra (DS), have just held their dissolution congresses in order to join together in the new Democratic Party next october.
The birth date of this new "format" for a political party in the era of globalization, can be traced back to January 30, 2001, when Prime minister Toni Blair received Francesco Rutelli, outgoing Rome mayor and candidate for Premiership of a center-left coalition, and according to the report in the daily La Repubblica, "From the tete-a-tete with the Labor leader, the idea being shaped is, instead of an old and defunct Third Way, a sort of 'European Labor Party' which should have Toni Blair as engine number one and Rutelli, if he wins the elections in Italy, the second engine".
Eventually, Rutelli lost the election, precisely because he rejected an alliance with the leftist parties, in order to follow his centrist ("Democratic Party") chimera. However, in September 2005 the project gained a new thrust when Rutelli was sent to the United States to meet George Soros. Rutelli's sponsor for this trip was financier Carlo De Benedetti, "Democratic Party Cardholder No.1" as he describes himself in the media. Rutelli's political orbit started as an anarchist, then he became a Green, then he joined the centrist Margherita party. In between, he was made mayor of Rome following the necessary deals with the powers that be, namely the Black Aristocracy. Decisive for Rutelli, a former Green, to be elected mayor, was a public endorsement by Francesco Cossiga.
After Rutelli came back from his meetings with Soros and (others from his circles, in December 2005, a national conference on the future Democratic Party was organized by De Benedetti, who participated personally and, in an interview with Corriere della Sera, promoted Rutelli and (current) Rome mayor Walter Veltroni as the candidates to lead the party. A few days earlier, the London Economist had given the queue, by promoting Rutelli and Veltroni as "trustful condottieri for the "modernization" of Italy. The Economist also promoted former fascist Gianfranco Fini and CCF relict Marco Pannella on the "conservative" side.
In that occasion, De Benedetti endorsed Prodi for Prime minister, as a transitory solution. Prodi knew that in order to win the elections in spring 2006, he had to include those very leftist parties which the Democratic Party project exclude. De Benedetti and his likes hate that, as those parties have an anti-free market disposition. However, he endorsed Prodi to the condition that Prodi introduces more flexibility on the labor market. "If Prodi fails," he said in an interview with Corriere della Sera - "we have nobody left other than a Cardinal or a General." Earlier on June 15, De Benedetti had explained his views in a long interview with Raisat television in which he developed two points: 1. Italy has no future as a manufacturing country; 2. We must get used to think as consumers and no longer as producers. He recounted how he tried to convince old PCI secretary general Enrico Berlinguer that "the working class does not exist any more. Today the worker is a consumer, a wage-getter and a taxpayer. If you think to protect him only from the standpoint of a wage-getter, you cheat him on consumptions and on taxes". To the question "Do you think that a country with an advanced industrial democracy, or at least former industrial, could anyway live on services?", DeBenedetti answered: "I believe it absolutely. Italy's mission today is not to look backwards with nostalgia, but to look at the future based on what Americans would call competitive advantages, that is advantages in respect to others. And we have formidable ones, which in my opinion go under the large label of 'esthetics'. Esthetics means eat well, art, culture, landscape, savre viver.. You ask me: but can a country live on this? You bet! Anyway, manufacturing is closed, but not only for Italy, it is shut down in Europe. In ten years, Europe will be left with heads, I hope, of the research centers, the command centers of large corporations that have no nationality anymore."
Around that period, De Benedetti announced that he would directly manage his media companies, La Repubblica and L' Espresso, starting in 2007. And, in January 2007, his life-partner prince Carlo Caracciolo bought a 30% stake in Liberation (the other shareholder is Rothschild). In the meantime, things have not gone as CdB wished. First, opinion polls give the future Democratic Party less votes than the sum of its components, the Margherita and the Democratici di Sinistra. Additionally, the two party congresses (April 18-23 2007), where the Italian LaRouche organization successfully intervened, have been won by anti-CdB -- or non-CdB -- forces. In La Margherita, the former christian democrats ("Popolari") got 65% of the votes. In the DS, the faction led by current Foreign Minister Massimo D'Alema won. This means that these two factions will have a solid majority stake in the new Democratic Party, and will also choose the leader. Rutelli is for the moment out of the picture. Not so Veltroni, who however will have to cut a deal with D'Alema. The question whether these forces will change the Soros-dictated agenda is open. The Italian LaRouche movement is preparing to intervene in the next phase, the constitutional congress of the Democratic Party to be held next October.