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Molinari, Maurizio


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La Stampa - Italy | 13/11/2013

Conservatives in US applaud France

The postponement of the Geneva nuclear talks brought about by France has provided above all conservative circles in the US with a welcome opportunity to criticise US President Barack Obama, the liberal daily La Stampa contends: " Vive La France! Conservative America reaffirms its support for the decision of the French government. ... It doesn't care that the objections in Geneva came from two leading European socialists. ... And precisely because the impending capitulation of the international community vis-à-vis the Islamic Republic of Iran bears a socialist stamp, the concessions that US President Barack Obama was prepared to make count all the more. ... America is looking to France as the Western ally best suited to filling the vacuum for which the Obama administration is responsible."

La Stampa - Italy | 03/09/2012

Attacks instead of ideas

The US election campaign has relied solely on mutual accusations so far, the liberal daily La Stampa writes, and hopes that this will change with the Democratic National Convention this week: "The stalemate [in opinion polls between the presidential candidates] is taking its toll on the party programmes. Strategists, opinion researchers and television spots tend towards attacks instead of proposals. ... Obama promises to change the tone in his speech on Thursday, and to announce thoroughgoing economic reforms. ... Romney and his vice-presidential running mate Paul Ryan are also set to reveal details of their plan for fighting unemployment soon. But in anticipation of these initiatives America remains stuck in the uncertainty of a campaign in which the conflicts and tensions have concealed a lack of ideas and the weaknesses of the candidates. Obama has not managed to change Washington as he promised he would in 2008. And Romney is not basing his victory march on a new concept for America, but on dissatisfaction over his rival's failures."

La Stampa - Italy | 19/06/2012

Obama plays up to Putin over Syria conflict

At the G20 summit in Mexico US President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin called in a joint declaration for an end to the bloodshed in Syria. Obama has understood that the best strategy in the dispute over how to react to Damascus is to show Putin his appreciation of Russia's role, writes the liberal daily La Stampa: "Obama has played the card of recognising the important of Russian-Syrian relations. In other words, Washington would have nothing against this alliance even in a post-Assad phase. Ultimately this means that Moscow will be allowed to keep its military base in the Syrian port of Tartus in the future. And this is precisely what the Kremlin was most concerned about since this is the only friendly port its Mediterranean fleet has left. We must wait and see if the compromise on the Annan peace plan can go along with Putin's desire to heighten his profile in the Middle East. … Quite apart from the fact that the joint declaration makes no mention of the planned missile defence shield in Europe which remains a main bone of contention between Moscow and Washington."

La Stampa - Italy | 13/10/2011

Obama closing in on Iran

The US government has no hard proof that leading members of the Iranian government had knowledge of the alleged plot to kill the Saudi ambassador in Washington. However US President Barack Obama's foreign policy strategy has identified Iran as the arch-enemy, writes the liberal daily La Stampa: "By directly implicating Tehran in the alleged murder plot US Attorney General Eric Holder is ushering in a new phase in Barack Obama's Iran policy. He is convinced that the Arab Spring will be the key issue in foreign policy, because the revolts are forcing the US to adopt new strategies to protect its own interests. As a supporter of the revolts Obama has identified the autocrats' backers as the enemy. And because the Syrian spring is the hottest one, America's worst enemies are those who allow Bashar al-Assad's regime to continue its bloody oppression. From Moscow to Beijing Assad has many political allies, but only one military partner: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Iran."

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