April 2021, Year XIII, n. 4
The Double President
Telos: Just as the English “premier” is not provided for – neither in name nor in his powers and roles – under the Italian Constitution, likewise governors find no place in our political framework. In Italy, the only one who can boast this title is the governor of the Bank of Italy.
Although not quite accurate and a reflection of how American terms have taken over the Italian media, don’t you think that the use of this word, politically and institutionally speaking, refers to someone who, according to the word’s Latin meaning of ‘guide, ruler,’ governs with great political responsibility?
Arno Kompatscher: The role of the President of the Region and of the Autonomous Province entails significant political and institutional responsibility, both in terms of the legislative and administrative competences attributed to regional/provincial administrations and because the regional/provincial executive committees are closer to citizens’ problems.
This is especially true for the Autonomous Provinces because their prerogatives are comparable to those of a small state. In our areas, people’s expectations are very high ...more
Trentino-Alto Adige and Bolzano: a breath-taking Region and Province, high up in the Italian Alps with only two geographical “plains” – Valle dell'Adige and Valle dei Laghi – only considered as such because they are under 200 m!
The region extends all the way to the tip of Lake Garda, almost connecting it to the sea. It is the Italian frontier, the country’s northernmost region and a haven for tourists.
It is a region where many languages are spoken and where their autonomy is sacred, yet respected like a duty, not exercised like a right ...more