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

Is Italy out of love with EU?

Italians don’t have much confidence in the European Union, the latest Eurobarometer survey revealed. According to the opinion poll released  just before the Christmas break, voters in Italy don’t trust the EU more than the British. Also, Italians don’t think their opinion counts much at EU level. This is something to take into account, since … Continue reading Is Italy out of love with EU?

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

Salvini: Portrait of a man behind a mask

He has a nice smile, he is familiar with emoticons, he posts a lot of funny memes, even kitten. The leader of right-wing party The League, Matteo Salvini, likes to shows himself as a good guy. He fills the social media with friendly messages, but behind this cheerful mask there is something else, really scary. … Continue reading Salvini: Portrait of a man behind a mask

Italy – a political laboratory for the EU?

The next European elections could produce an unprecedented outcome for the EU. Many people fear the rise of anti-European movements, and Italy could be country leading in term of (dangerous) political experiments. According to latest polls, the two political parties currently ruling the country are the most supported by the Italian voters. Yes, Matteo Salvini’s … Continue reading Italy – a political laboratory for the EU?

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

Citizens’ dialogue: Is Italy a special case?

The European Commission is ready to strengthen its citizens’ dialogue policy in order to explain to the Europeans what Union is about and what it is doing for them, Jean-Claude Juncker announced in mid-December. “There was a broad agreement that we should continue, as European Commission, with our citizens’ dialogues”, Juncker said at the press … Continue reading Citizens’ dialogue: Is Italy a special case?

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

M5S: You can call them ‘alternative’…

Call them “alternative”, if you think they are. Politicians from the 5-Star Movement (M5S) say they are anti-system and anti-establishment. Especially outside Italy, it is not easy to put them into a category. M5S is a completely new political force, confronted to all traditional issues. Not having the majority to rule the country alone, Luigi … Continue reading M5S: You can call them ‘alternative’…