Alfano says risk of Berlusconi's party becoming 'extremist'
Deputy premier has clashed with hawks who wanted to sink govt04 November, 13:17
Alfano is the leader of pro-government doves within the party who have clashed with Berlusconi and his loyalists over whether to bring down Premier Enrico Letta's grand-coalition government.
The minister was recently stripped of his role as secretary of the People of Freedom (PdL) party after Berlusconi announced he was launching a new party under the PdL's former name, Forza Italia.
"Our party has always been a big, prevalently moderate movement," Alfano said in excerpts of an interview contained in a book by broadcast journalist Bruno Vespa that is set to be published this week.
"It's not a good thing that it ends up in the hands of extremists. Berlusconi isn't one, but there's a risk of it taking that direction in the practical, day-to-day management of the communications".