Two setbacks for Salvini in Brussels

In just a couple of days, the rising star of Italian politics Matteo Salvini suffered two setbacks on the Brussels front. First setback: there will be no pre-election alliance with Orbán. Viktor Orbán Fidesz party will stay in the EPP and will join no other alliances, Hungary’s Undersecretary of State and government spokesperson Zoltán Kovács … Continue reading Two setbacks for Salvini in Brussels

On Venezuela, the Italian government is helping Moscow

Neither with Maduro nor with Guaido. The Italian government didn’t take any official position on Venezuela. Thus, Italy broke ranks with the other big EU countries and some media reported it had “vetoed” the common position of the EU. Actually, eleven EU countries nations joined the United States in recognizing opposition leader Juan Guaido as … Continue reading On Venezuela, the Italian government is helping Moscow

For Tajani, the European Parliament’s top job is a springboard to leading Italy

Antonio Tajani is in search of a second mandate as president of the European Parliament, and announced to be candidate to succeed himself. After months of speculations, the vice-president of Forza Italia has finally clarified his intentions. “Yes, I am a candidate”, he revealed on Wednesday (23 January) speaking to the Italian press in Brussels. … Continue reading For Tajani, the European Parliament’s top job is a springboard to leading Italy

Industrial world banks on well-informed vote

Those who don’t vote allow others to decide their future. The turnout figure for the 2014 European Parliament elections reached an all-time low at 42.54%. For Italy the figure was 57.22%, higher than the EU average, but in constant and dramatic decline since European elections were first held in 1979. This is the context in … Continue reading Industrial world banks on well-informed vote

Bresso: Brexit or no Brexit, MEP distribution should be clear

The European Union and the United Kingdom should set a specific arrangement on European election, Italian MEP Mercedes Bresso (S&D) said on Friday (18 January). According to the member of the Constitutional affairs committee, the rejection of the Brexit draft agreement by Westminster opens new scenarios and makes the European elections vote a matter of … Continue reading Bresso: Brexit or no Brexit, MEP distribution should be clear

Italian Greens prepare for Brussels comeback

Passwords: re-organization and re-start. Even with former members of Euro-critic parties. Greens are at work in Italy to find the way back home, the European home they miss since 2009. After two legislatures spent outside the European Parliament it is time to give the EU a true pro-ecologist contribution, is the thought behind this operation. … Continue reading Italian Greens prepare for Brussels comeback

Hard Brexit may prevent Italians in the UK from voting at EU elections

In case of 'hard Brexit', Italians living in the United Kingdom might be not in the position of attending the next European elections unless they decide to come back home to vote. In London the House of Commons is called to vote on Tuesday (15 January) the draft of withdrawal agreement reached at the end … Continue reading Hard Brexit may prevent Italians in the UK from voting at EU elections

Jo Leinen: UKIP and 5-Stars gave life to a fake group

An anti-populist amendment to the review the Parliament's Rules of Procedure sparked anger in Brussels. The group Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) harshly criticized the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) for a move which was read as an attempt to stop the anti-establishment forces in their activity of building up alliances. The main idea … Continue reading Jo Leinen: UKIP and 5-Stars gave life to a fake group

Di Maio in Brussels: In search of European allies

Populism, far-right, liberalism. There is a bit of everything in the recipe of the Five Star Movement (M5S) for Europe. M5S’ leader, Luigi Di Maio, started to unveil his plans for the next alliances in Europe in a visit to Brussels on 9 January. He had meetings with the leaders of different political forces: Kukiz … Continue reading Di Maio in Brussels: In search of European allies