Italy lost ability for civil debate, says president
Napolitano decries bitterness, destruction in current politics27 September, 15:14
Politics today has become a battlefield of confrontation, creating the "loss of any notion of civility, and respect for...the institutional and personal," Napolitano said during a tribute to late former economist and lawmaker Luigi Spaventa.
"What is left of that way of political life," asked Napolitano in a rhetorical question likely aimed at politicians who on Friday were considering ways to bring down the present coalition government.
Premier Enrico Letta was expected to meet with Napolitano on Friday to discuss holding a confidence vote in order to quell some of the plotting from Forza Italia politicians in his coalition government.
In a lament for the sort of politics he implied were practised by Spaventa, Napolitano said that clashes then "in terms of ideas and the relationship between majority and opposition,did not produce, as now, the loss of any notion of civility".
Spaventa, who was a professor of economics and an independent-left politicin, died in January.
Numerous economic and political figures, including European Central Bank President Mario Draghi took part in Friday's tribute to Spaventa.