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Corriere della Sera - Italy | Thursday, March 6, 2014

European elections: Italy's left wastes new opportunity

The Italian electoral list "The Other Europe with Tsipras" announced the names of its candidates for the European elections on Wednesday. The list was put together after six intellectuals called on Italy's left-wing parties to fight together for a new Europe. Since only one of the original initiators is among the candidates, the initiative doesn't seem to have gone much further than good intentions, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera observes with dismay: "Sectarianism seems so deeply rooted and incorrigible within the left that it runs the risk of missing this opportunity too. No sooner was the idea of uniting the fragmented and depressed left behind Alexis Tsipras born, than they began to undermine it. ... First [author and co-initiator] Andrea Camilleri bailed out, then came the disconcerting news that the candidacy of certain renowned intellectuals had been intended only as an appeal to win votes, but that none of them really had the intention of becoming a member of the European Parliament. This doesn't exactly testify to a sense of respect for the intelligence and choices of the voters."

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