Italy is going to elections by the end of this month after 14 months of technocratic-ruling administration. Pier Luigi Bersani, the center-left candidate has a good chance of becoming Italy’s next leader and couple of days ago I attended a short, yet very meaningful speech of him at the German Council on Foreign Relations in Berlin. Pro-European, sharp and thoughtful, he delivered indeed a strong message.
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The European Central Bank’s decision to launch OMT (the Outright Monetary Transactions programme) to purchase unlimited amounts of bonds, is a risky but necessary step, and has been mostly welcomed by member states. There are good reasons for praise, but the Eurozone is far from saved. What OMT does and what it doesn’t – read it here.
France’s bombs on Gbagbo and Italy’s bombs on Khadafi show that Europe’s countries dare to act in their former colonies. Accusations of neocolonialism by evildoers should be accepted as compliments, as it means standing up for human rights, even in countries where acting militarily is sensitive.
The disturbances in the Middle-East and North Africa have now truly reached Europe. The past weekend, Italy started distributing humanitarian visas to refugees from Tunisia, who had started arriving at the small Italian island of Lampedusa after the revolt in their home country. Around 25.000 visas will be handed out, which gives them full travel possibilities throughout Europe. What will be the impact on the other member states?
Last week another series of accusation of paid sexual acts with minors was launched against Italy’s Berlusconi. An orgy with 33 women was the main accusation. Berlusconi himself stated: `As a 75 year old man I won´t be able to satisfy 33 women at the same time´. One of the girls is the 18 year old Moroccan Ruby Rubacuori. Having paid sex with a minor can result in a sentence of 3 years in Italy and could bring Berlusconi, according to some observers, for the first time in real problems. It seems that his government is shaking as a result of these incidents. But does the essence of Berlusconi´s leadership lie in sexism and macho-leadership? No, there is much more.
Selection at the border or How the different Member States try to avoid EU legislation on migration.Feb 15th, 2011 | By Christopher Houtkamp
A few days ago, Italy expressed the wish to station police officers of their own at the Tunisian shore. The reason is quite simple: a massive inflow of migrants fled Tunisia and arrived at the small island of Lampedusa. Result: turmoil on the islet. The Italian proposal to combat this turmoil might seem a bit strange at a first glance, but isn’t entirely new. Below you’ll find an explanation.
On this website we have devoted a good amount of articles to the inconsistent Human Rights agenda of the EU. While the EU is trying to turn the globe into a ‘Human Rights Paradise’, its own Member States don’t seem to be very committed to this agenda when it comes to their own internal policy: common knowledge for every educated reader. Even though you might get tired of this constant, monotone, message of our bloggers, I’d like to add another paragraph to the Member States’ ‘criminal record’: It concerns the Roma in Italy.