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Corriere della Sera - Italy | 17/04/2015

Grexit would trigger EU's downfall

Europe's stock markets were sent reeling on Thursday after the IMF's refusal to postpone Greece's bailout repayments. Investors are readying themselves for a Grexit, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera writes, warning of the consequences: "A Grexit would escalate the tensions within the Eurozone. It would endanger the entire integration process. It would strengthen all those who exploit the scepticism vis-à-vis Europe's bureaucratic institutions to campaign against the euro and even demand the dissolution of the EU: from Podemos in Spain, Syriza and the Alternative for Germany party to the Lega Nord in Italy and Ukip in the UK. … In the eyes of many Eurosceptics the spectre of a Grexit is not only useful for fighting EU bureaucracy but also for denying the entire sense of its political project."

Corriere della Sera - Italy | 21/01/2015

No one talks about paying ransoms

After the release of two aid workers held hostage by a Syrian terrorist group a debate has broken out in Italy about the payment of ransom money. Rome has denied it paid the money, pointing out that Italy observes the corresponding international agreements. But principles and reality are worlds apart, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera writes: "To bow to the logic of blackmail goes against the common good, there can be no justification for it. ... That's the theory, but in reality states which are officially unyielding enter negotiations the existence of which they deny given the lack of transparency. The position of Italy, which has perhaps paid without admitting it but also without denying it too much, is in the end less dubious. ... It may sound cynical but in the cost-benefit analysis [on paying the ransom] mobilising public opinion plays a decisive role."

Corriere della Sera - Italy | 08/09/2014

UK sinks into oblivion

Scotland doesn't stand to gain much from independence, but for the UK it would be disastrous, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera warns: "Independence could mean a leap into the unknown for Edinburgh, but the consequences for the rest of the country shouldn't be underestimated either. Left to itself, the rest of the UK would be a weakened power. Apart from the fact that Wales and Northern Ireland could follow Scotland's example, it's hard to imagine that Britain could hang on to its seat as a permanent member of the UN Security Council. England would forfeit its leading role on the international stage. What's more, an England ruled by the Conservative Party without a true opposition could make Britain's exiting the EU all the more likely, with the danger of the virtual border between Scotland and England becoming a very real one indeed."

Corriere della Sera - Italy | 19/08/2014

Antonio Armellini on Germany's leading role in Europe

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier's efforts to mediate in the conflict in Iraq are proof of Germany's enhanced role in foreign policy, Italian diplomat Antonio Armellini comments in the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera: "The times when Europe believed it could rely on a French head for its policies and a German arm for the economy are over: the protagonists have changed and the German-French consensus rests on the last vestiges of good will rather than facts. In the same way the dream of a European security policy around a French-British core has been shattered; at best this is nothing more than a bilateral axis. Until the lofty (and perhaps futuristic) goal of a united Europe is achieved the EU's foreign policy will only be effective when it is steered by the country that wields the most influence in the Union and is able to coordinate the different positions. And with Paris's permission, that country can only be Germany."

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