He stumbles upon the war in Ukraine – but it is only the tip of the iceberg – and then risks falling apart in a nocturnal National Council, the political love between Movimento Cinque Stelle and Luigi Di Maio. An adventure lasting almost 15 years, but for the young parliamentarian from Campania, still in the second term, it seems so many more: between winning electoral campaigns, fierce defeats, a respectable ministerial takeover and internal feuds.
The relationship with Beppe Grillo, often on the roller coaster, also marked it. And the harmony in half with Giuseppe Conte: first blessed as the people’s advocate who conquers Palazzo Chigi and now bitter rival, openly beaten after the last electoral knockout (‘We never went so badly in the administrative elections’) and contested for the rebellious attitude (‘You can’t attack the government every other day’). Until the reckoning that smells of expulsion for the Foreign Minister born in 1986. And who risks leaving Roberto Fico alone on the field, in memory of the ‘three musketeers’ of the first grillina hour as they were called Di Maio, Alessandro Di Battista and precisely the Speaker of the House.
An epilogue that for Di Maio comes two years after his resignation as political head of the M5s. It was January 22, 2020. he Then he closed the door in the face of the many detractors, those who had ‘stabbed him in the back’ from the rear. So he said he. ‘The worst enemies are those who work inside us, but for their visibility,’ he added.
Chronicle of a personal and political story born in Campania.
Di Maio in 2007 is at the opening of the first M5s meetup in his city, Pomigliano D’Arco. But the first steps are not lucky.
When he ran for a city councilor in 2010, he collected 59 votes. But he does not lack obstinacy, as a semi-unknown he wins the parliamentary women who, in the magical year of the Movement, take him to Montecitorio. Di Maio started quietly, but his election as vice president of the Chamber – the youngest in history, at 26 – earned him a ride in the elevator to the Olympus of the M5s. It is March 21, 2013, the beginning of the ascent. It is he, as Grillo defines him, the ‘politician’ of the Movement.
Di Maio’s clean face, in front of the Di Battista barricadero and the more Franciscan Fico, works and together the three capture preferences on the right and left. Until the victories in Turin and Rome of the two pentastellate that will be mayors.
The capital itself, and the vicissitudes of Virginia Raggi, make Di Maio fall into the center of harsh internal criticism. It is the end of 2016 and there is the first real rift. But he comes out unscathed and after a year is promoted to political leader, with a Bulgarian vote on the Rousseau platform.
From then on came the triumphs: the election of 4 March 2018, the government with the League and the step back from the premiership that allows its formation. He is sworn in as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development and Labor. But the embrace with Matteo Salvini is deadly. After the fall of the Conte 1 government, he begins to settle the agreement with the Democratic Party. This is followed by friendly fire, Grillo’s frost and the step back from the leadership of the Movement. But the institutional rebirth is just around the corner and coincides with the arrival at the Farnesina in 2019 under the Conte bis and then with confirmation two years later when Mario Draghi arrives at Palazzo Chigi.
At the foreign ministry he is someone who studies, surrounds himself with capable collaborators and wins the respect of diplomats.
But in the Movement things do not improve, much less when Conte arrives. On the contrary. Until the reckoning that seems inevitable.