Visit to the SPD: Italy's Social Democrat Letta believes in the election turnaround

Italy's Social Democrat leader Enrico Letta and Chancellor Olaf Scholz

Elections in Italy: According to the polls, Letta's Partito Democratico (PD) and its centre-left allies are well behind the centre-right bloc.

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Berlin According to his own statements, Italy's Social Democrat leader Enrico Letta believes despite falling behind in the polls, hopes for a centre-left election victory next weekend.

The politician said on Monday after a meeting with the Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) in Berlin. "We want Italy in the center of Europe, the right wants to go with Poland and Hungary,” said Letta at a press conference SPD-Boss Lars Klingbeil in the Willy Brandt House.

Letta's Partito Democratico (PD) and its centre-left allies are well behind the centre-right bloc, according to the polls, which Italian law last allowed to be published on September 9th. This beckons a clear victory, the new prime minister could be the nationalist Giorgia Meloni.

After the previous government was overthrown in the summer, the Italians will elect a new parliament early on Sunday (September 25).

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"I am returning to the election campaign with an optimistic mood," said Letta in Berlin. There he also spoke to Scholz about the future of the energy crisis. The two had agreed to strive for a Europe-wide solution. Support for Ukraine in the fight against Russia was also a topic of discussion. “If we win, the democracies will be happy. If the right wins, then Putin would be happy,” Letta claimed.

Of the SPD-Chairman Klingbeil encouraged his Italian guest for the last week of the election campaign. "I know from my own experience that a lot can be turned in the final meters," he said.

Letta reiterated his firm no to post-election cooperation with centre-right bloc parties. In the current government of Prime Minister Mario Draghi, for example, the conservative Forza Italia and the right-wing populist Lega, which are running in the centre-right block, are in addition to the PD. "We have no intention of collaborating with the political right," Letta announced.

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