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La Repubblica - Italy | 12/01/2016

Massimo Salvadori argues that the UK has sabotaged the EU right from the outset

The EU has failed and one member state in particular is to blame, writes political scientist Massimo L. Salvadori in the centre-left daily La Repubblica: "I believe it is not wrong to describe the UK's accession to the European Economic Community in 1975 as a strategic error which we are still paying for. Ever since then British politics has been inspired by the idea of sabotaging every attempt to form a common political government for the continent. The EU has grown but it lacks a core group that is strong enough to push the community towards federalism. … This union is more like a non-union: it does not have a common government, a common constitution, a currency that is used by all members, a central bank with the clout of the Federal Reserve, a foreign policy that takes precedent over national interests and it does not have a common defence mechanism. We have reached the point where the EU needs to be re-established. The initiative for this cannot only come from those in government. The citizens are called on now to decide whether they want to be truly European or to retreat into the citizenship of individual member states."

La Repubblica - Italy | 23/01/2014

Berlusconi pact embarassing for his critics

The reform package presented by the leader of Italy's ruling Democratic Party (PD) Matteo Renzi and ex prime minister Silvio Berlusconi on the weekend has triggered a wave of protest in Renzi's party. The moralist hue and cry of Berlusconi's erstwhile coalition partners testifies to their hypocrisy and political incompetence, the left-liberal daily La Repubblica complains: "Hypocrisy because they shouldn't have waited for the judges' decision to condemn Berlusconi, whose shameful deeds are known to all. And political incompetence because the ruling unfortunately failed to even partially limit his influence on the reforms. ... What a shame that this is how it turned out, but political realism is bitter. If we're going to talk about disgrace, then the biggest disgrace is that so many voters still support Berlusconi, and that his opponents still haven't managed to turn people against him - which is why they are now forced to sit down at the same table with him and find a compromise."

La Repubblica - Italy | 10/04/2006

A country awaits the verdict of the ballot box

On the final day of voting in legislative elections (Monday, April 10), Massimo L. Salvadori, a professor of history at the university of Turin, looks back at the campaign. "The idea so insistently expressed by President Ciampi that competition between the political groupings of our nation should be based on mutual legitimacy, a shared respect for the rules of the democratic game and the fact that changing political leaders is a normal event - one that is neither exceptional nor traumatic - is dead. Berlusconi eviscerated it by casting his victory as the salvation of the nation, and his defeat as its downfall. ... We want to become a normal country. ... The country is profoundly divided, Prodi has appealed for unity, for a coming-together of the various forces, a reunification of the nation. He was right because in order to get the country back on track one must mobilise all its energies."

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