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

Berlusconi’s new political contract with Italians is about EU agenda

After an eighteen years’ break, Silvio Berlusconi signed a new contract with the Italian people. In 2001 he played the highly-publicised card of signing a written document with all the political commitments of his government agenda. The Cavaliere did it live, in one of the biggest TV show in the recent history of the Italian … Continue reading Berlusconi’s new political contract with Italians is about EU agenda

Will Rome provoke Brussels by proposing Giorgetti for Commissioner?

Italy is about to provoke Europe by proposing a Commissioner know as a sceptic with regard to the single currency. Each member state has the right of having a commissioner, and Italy will table its proposal as all other countries. The difference is that the name that is being circulated in the last days is … Continue reading Will Rome provoke Brussels by proposing Giorgetti for Commissioner?

No EP group for M5S. Those who promised change are unable to deliver

Now it is official: the Five Stars Movement (M5S) won’t be part of any political group in the new European Parliament. What this website predicted came true: the Italian anti-establishment force will seat with the non-attached members (the group of Non-Inscrits, NI). The decision was announced after a last, desperate attempt to find an affiliation. … Continue reading No EP group for M5S. Those who promised change are unable to deliver

PD’s Gualtieri – the most influential Italian in the European Parliament

Italy has its representative in the Bureau of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D group), and his name is Roberto Gualtieri. He was elected vice-president of the group, together with Eric Andrieu (France), Biljana Borzan (Croatia), Miriam Dalli (Malta), Heléne Fritzon (Sweden), Eero Heinaluoma (Finland), Bernd Lange (Germany), Claude Moraes (United Kingodom), Kati … Continue reading PD’s Gualtieri – the most influential Italian in the European Parliament

Italy with no seats in the presidency of the EPP group. It never happened before

Once upon a time… there was Italy. However, in the next European legislature Italy will have no representatives in the board of the European People’s Party group (EPP), the most prominent political organism within the European Parliament. For the first time in the history of the elected European Parliament, the Italian delegation will not have … Continue reading Italy with no seats in the presidency of the EPP group. It never happened before

No Italians for the far-left group. It is the second time in the history of the European elections

For the second time in the history of the European elections, the far-left parliamentary group won’t have any Italian member. The vote held last 26 May rewarded four right-wing political forces, plus the Democratic party (PD), sitting within the group of social-democrats (S&D). As a consequence, the European United Left/Nordic Green Left group (most commonly … Continue reading No Italians for the far-left group. It is the second time in the history of the European elections

Italy, net contributor and great beneficiary of the EU

Italy gives more than what the Republic receives from Europe. This is the mantra of the two major leading political parties in Italy right now, the League and the Five Stars Movement (M5S). They keep repeating this statement in order to stress how Italy should be given respect by the other European partners. The leaders … Continue reading Italy, net contributor and great beneficiary of the EU

Pro-European groups seek a ‘working majority’, with a shared agenda already next week

A real majority still does not exist, but technical tests are in progress in order to form what insiders define a “working majority” for the next European Parliament. The announcement made by all major pro-European groups goes to this direction. Politicians of center-right (EPP), social-democrats (S&D), liberals (ALDE) and the Greens declared to have found … Continue reading Pro-European groups seek a ‘working majority’, with a shared agenda already next week