what do we have left of the summit in Puglia

Will “panzerotto diplomacy” work? The “paper of Puglia”? And how will the territory be able to capitalize on the world showcase? The G7 he Italian presidency is already becoming history, beyond the news, and after the first assessments, scenarios, hypotheses, old and new dossiers, protagonists are crowded. In short: a Borgo Egnazia, Fasano, has the spark of different balances been lit in a changing world? Chapters to be written. In the catalog of objectives achieved at the end of the three days in Puglia, the concrete and unequivocal commitment to the defense of Ukraine certainly stands out, as well as the entire sequence of stringent commitments or those to be defined over time, consecrated in the final declaration signed by the leaders (the “Puglia map”, precisely): the «system of rules based on law» with reference to Kiev and its surroundings, the “ceasefire” in Gaza, the warning to China, and then again migrations, Plan for Africa, Artificial intelligence.

Then there is the impalpable but strategic heritage of the world summit: the political and institutional relations strengthened, refined or knotted from scratch in Puglia between the world’s greats, or between them and the many invited outreach countries. Here it is: it is the “panzerotto diplomacy”, with reference to the Apulian delicacy claimed by Giorgia Meloni on the final evening of the G7. In the vortex of metaphors of this G7, there is one that the Prime Minister has resorted to several times: it is that of the “closed fortress”, because the G7 should not and should not be such, “and instead it is an offer of values ​​that we open to the world with the aim of shared development.” It’s a trace, to be understood if she remains alive.

The analysis

On the eve of this, the European edition of “Politico” – an American newspaper – anticipated the Puglia G7 with an article entitled “Six lame ducks and Giorgia Meloni”: the Italian prime minister, we read, would be the exception «in the weakest group of leaders that the G7 has gathered in recent years.” In any case: the Puglia framework may have helped to smooth out relations between leaders, albeit with some tension especially on the rights front: abortion and LGBTQIA+, among alleged stumbles, mediations with those who asked for a more explicit defense, “artificial controversies” ( thus Meloni), conclusions of the final document.
The guiding star, for everyone, could perhaps be Sergio Mattarella’s speech to the seven (or rather, six: the tired Joe Biden was not there) during the welcome dinner at the Swabian Castle of Brindisi: an appeal to responsibility “in face the problems of the present”, in the awareness however “that we cannot do it alone”; the new international challenges and the “ancient ghosts” that return; the compass pointed to the set of “values ​​that have significantly promoted the dignity of individuals and peoples” and which “must be preserved and developed in the new condition of international life”, values ​​translated into the “principles of the rule of law, of democracy , respect for individual rights, international cooperation”. Opening up and uniting, in a common and clear plot.

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