Palermo, “The mafia is alive. And people were watching football”: this is how the German newspaper of Lagalla’s election explains

“There mafia lives “: the title was hit at the opening of first pagewith a view to Palermo from above. Thus the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitungone of the most authoritative in Germany, recounts last Sunday’s municipal elections and the victory of the center-right candidate Roberto Lagalla. A report that runs throughout the day of voting, from chaos to the opening of polling stations due to lack of presidents section to the joy of the city in the late evening for the promotion of Palermo football in Series B after the victory against Padua at the Barbera Stadium. “And people he was watching football“It simply came to our notice then. The article, signed by the correspondent Oliver MeilerHe is also praised for his long career as mayor of Leoluca Orlandothat in Germany He is well known and respected, so much so that he received it last summer highest honor German: the title of Commander of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic.

Meiler, former correspondent in Italy since 1998 for the Tages-Anzeiger and the Berliner Zeitungafter a few years in Southeast Asia and France, he returned to Rome in 2015 on behalf of Süddeutsche Zeitung. The author of the article then goes through the history of the city under the Orlando administration, defined as one that “for 37 years has he fought against the Cosa Nostra“This is not expected of his successor”: le allegations against Lagalla. on the contrary they are very hard. “As mayor of Palermo, Leoluca Orlando brought something valuable to the people: faith in justice“His successor has already been chosen. And the mafia? He can’t believe his fortune“, continues the article.

The German report also states that the football match between Palermo and Padua “for many it probably was month important“Of the municipal elections. Precisely in the attack we read: “In Palermo the Christmas starts on a summer afternoon, at 9.45 pm, outside the Renzo Barbera stadium. Matteo Brunori just scored 1-0, from the point ”. Leaving aside the football issues, however, the heart of the article focuses precisely on the moral issue and the author wonders if the new mayor Lagalla will participate in the commemorations on July 19 for the 30 years of the Via D’Amelio massacre, when the judge was killed Pau Bag.

In addition to the arrests that preceded the election, in fact, we recall the controversy over Lagalla’s support for the former governor Salvatore Cuffaro and Berlusconi’s old right arm, Marcello Dell’Utri, both condemned for mafia-related crimes. In addition, the absence of Lagalla at the event on May 23 of the 30th anniversary of the massacre of Ablein the words of Maria Falcone, sister of the murdered magistrate: “Thirty years after the massacres, Sicily is in the hands of those convicted of mafia, there is a Palermo that goes after himhe defends and supports them. “

In the article comes out the influence of a figure like the former mayor Orlando, who in recent days was interviewed by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and even by the first German public television channel, Ard. Orlando, who studied at the University of Heidelbergis very popular in Germany: it has received several awards, including the Goethe-Instituthonors and pure honorary title in German Philosophy from the University of Sort. The former mayor of Palermo even starred in one movie (Gezählte Tagedays counted), receiving the award for best actor in the Fernsehen Film Preis.

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