Ve la do io l'Europa

The possibility that the efforts of the UK to leave the European Union (“Brexit”) could be undermined by their unelected upper Chamber (the House of Lords) is indicative of the problems of the European Union itself. The power wielded by the unelected British Lords perhaps reflects the power of the mostly unelected (directly) “Eurocrats” that… » read more

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In the famous novel of middle XX century, “The Leopard”, Italian novelist Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa chronicled the changes in Sicilian life and society during the Risorgimento. A well-known sentence reads,”everything needs to change, so everything can stay the same”. The novelist meant that in Sicilian society, the old élite had found a way to… » read more

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From the twelfth to fourteenth centuries, the Guelphs and Ghibellines, two opposing factions supporting the Pope and the Holy Roman Empire, struggled for power in Italy, which was not yet a unified state. Thousands of dead littered the ground after these fratricidal battles. Today that spirit is still alive throughout Italy. The heavy defeat suffered… » read more

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Let’s be honest, Juncker’s speech last Wednesday in Strasbourg was not the best in political history. Let’s get it straight: it was a well-built, concrete and competent speech, full of interesting promises and some effective sentences but, as it happens often in the EU political life, without a soul. The Brussels political elite continues implementing… » read more

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  The populists Farage and Murdoch, we are looking for someone to blame for the Brexit. However, the EU such as it is today is not enough anymore. Nigel Farage’s invectives, British and European populists’ clichés, the disgraceful propaganda made by Rupert Murdoch’s media, the split between England and Scotland, the generation gap between the… » read more

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While Cypriot bank deposit holders are in pain, Greece is still recovering, Spanish banks are struggling to survive and the whole Eurozone banking system is at stake, British chancellor George Osborne has tried up til the last minute to avoid the EU cap on banks bonuses reached some days ago in Brussels. As predicted, he… » read more

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