“Trade steals our jobs”. Italians the most skeptical of the EU on global commerce

Free trade agreements (FTAs) are not good for the national system. That is what Italians believe, according to a survey published yesterday (20 November). No matter what the trade deal is: whether it is EU-Canada (CETA), EU-Mexico, EU-Viet Nam or EU-Singapore, just a little minority in the Italian Peninsula declared to be in favor of … Continue reading “Trade steals our jobs”. Italians the most skeptical of the EU on global commerce

Von der Leyen Commission, EP already split on the new French candidate

The committee on Legal affairs of the European Parliament gave the green light to the hearings of the three commissioner-designated for Transport, Enlargement, Industry and defense. The MEPs decided that there are not clear conflict of interests, so Thierry Breton, Olivér Várhelyi e Adina Valean can be heard by the competent parliamentary commissions. The hearings … Continue reading Von der Leyen Commission, EP already split on the new French candidate

MEPs showed Macron and von der Leyen that European Parliament matters

Emmanuel Macron underestimated the European Parliament. The French president was too sure that in the EU of the Member States the co-legislator had no particular role. He wanted to submit the name of Sylvie Goulard for the post of next commissioner for Industry, internal market and defense despite the French woman’s pending problems with justice. … Continue reading MEPs showed Macron and von der Leyen that European Parliament matters

MEPs to quiz Gentiloni on his independence from Italy

Preliminary interviews have started for all commissioner candidates, and Paolo Gentiloni made no exception. From 30 September to 8 October the European Parliament will quiz all the people nominated for the role of next members of the European Commission, in public hearings to be held in Brussels. But MEPs already decided to put under scrutiny … Continue reading MEPs to quiz Gentiloni on his independence from Italy

Gentiloni to be commissioner for Economic Affairs under Dombrovskis’ watch

Well, but not so well. Italy asked for the commissioner for the European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs. To achieve this goal the new-formed government proposed former prime minister Paolo Gentiloni to replace Pierre Moscovici. The Italian offer was accepted, but the final outcome is not so good for the “Belpaese”. … Continue reading Gentiloni to be commissioner for Economic Affairs under Dombrovskis’ watch

Why the new Italian government is not good news at all

Finally Italy went out of the crisis. The agreement between the Democratic Party (PD) and the Five Star Movement (M5S) is there. But it is not a complete good news. The green light came from the internet, as the Movement put the draft agreement under referendum for all its voters registered to the e-platform Rousseau. … Continue reading Why the new Italian government is not good news at all

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 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

Isolated or out of the games? The irrelevant role of Italy, the main EU outsider

Italy is not an influent player in the political game for the nomination of the EU top jobs. It is not a surprise. The Italian head of government, Giuseppe Conte, doesn’t belong to any of the four major European political families in charge of shaping an alliance for the next European legislature, starting on 2 … Continue reading Isolated or out of the games? The irrelevant role of Italy, the main EU outsider