Salvini triggers crisis in Italy because of von der Leyen

Giuseppe Conte’s government is over. It is a very hot summer in Italy, as the country has to deal with a huge political crisis. One of the two vice prime ministers, Matteo Salvini, decided to put to an end the current ruling coalition. On Tuesday 20th August, the Senate will held a no-confidence vote against … Continue reading Salvini triggers crisis in Italy because of von der Leyen

Italians don’t see the EU as something they can rely on

The European elections confirmed Italians feel the EU is far from them. Their vote was the expression of disaffection for the European Union, the latest Eurobarometer survey revealed. A special report was published last week under the title “First results of the European Parliament post-electoral survey”, as a first analysis of the citizens’ attitudes across … Continue reading Italians don’t see the EU as something they can rely on

The League voted against von der Leyen: Is a crisis looming in Italy?

The Italian ruling parties were split on Ursula von der Leyen. In the vote which elected the first ever woman at the head of the European Commission, Luigi Di Maio's Five Star Movement (M5S) voted in favour, while Matteo Salvini's the League voted against. Until the very last moment MEPs from the League didn’t take … Continue reading The League voted against von der Leyen: Is a crisis looming in Italy?

Von der Leyen hard to swallow for M5S and the League, but they will vote for her

To vote for or not to vote for her? That is the question for the Italian sovereignist and anti-system members of the European Parliament. On Tuesday 16 July the hemicycle will have to express its verdict on Ursula von der Leyen, the president-designated of the next European Commission, as proposed by the head of state … Continue reading Von der Leyen hard to swallow for M5S and the League, but they will vote for her

The Italian real winner of the European elections is the Democratic Party

The social-democrats got 6 ‘top jobs’ in the new EP, the League none UPDATE 5 September 2019++Please note that the situation described in this article has been little bit changed. On 3 September MEP Giuliano Pisapia, from PD, was elected vice-president of the Constitutional Affair committee. The day after Roberto Gualtieri was proposed as new … Continue reading The Italian real winner of the European elections is the Democratic Party

A guide to the Italian substitute MEPs

In the European Parliament all MEPs have ‘extra-job’ to do, as they are responsible for one or more parliamentary committees of which they are members, plus one or more committees where they work as substitute members whenever needed. In the EU body, in fact, there are ‘official’ members of the European Parliament, and there are … Continue reading A guide to the Italian substitute MEPs

Sassoli and Castaldo: two Italians are the real winners of the new European Parliament

What do David Sassoli and Fabio Massimo Castaldo have in common? Apparently just the fact they are both Italian politicians. But there is much more. They both made the history of Italy in the European Parliament, emerging as the real winners of the first plenary sitting of the new European legislature. The directly elected EU … Continue reading Sassoli and Castaldo: two Italians are the real winners of the new European Parliament

The M5S embarrassing exculpation after failing to form a group

They were very vocal in denouncing “fake news” linked to them. But now MEPs from the Five Star Movement (M5S) are the first to offer an alternative version of reality. It’s not easy to tell voters that something went wrong. If the M5S have no parliamentary family and have no choice but to seat within … Continue reading The M5S embarrassing exculpation after failing to form a group