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Where Progressives Are Winning

Across Europe, progressives have despaired the rise of the far right, over austerity policies crippling the welfare state, and of growing anti-immigrant sentiment as the region has grappled with an array of crises in recent years. Everywhere, except here.

In Portugal, a left-wing government came to power four years ago as the country was still dealing with the effects of the European debt crisis and deep spending cuts negotiated with the so-called troika—the European Commission, the European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fund. The minority administration in Lisbon formed by Socialist Party Prime Minister António Costa was considered so unlikely to succeed that it got its own hard-to-translate, and derogatory, moniker: geringonça, which in Portuguese means an odd contraption that is very likely to fall apart. Yet the “contraption” persisted and managed to raise the minimum wage, lower unemployment, nearly eliminate the budget deficit, and maintain good relations with Brussels. In sum, it oversaw economic growth while reversing austerity policies.

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2019/10/portugal-election-progressives-left-winning/599518/

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Posted by on October 17, 2019 in European Union

 

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Export di armi, dove e perché violiamo le leggi italiane e dell’Onu

È noto: una parte delle bombe piovute in testa ai curdi siriani sono made in Italy. Negli ultimi quattro anni le forniture di armi ad Ankara sono state un crescendo: 128,8 milioni nel 2015; 133,4 nel 2016; 266,1 nel 2017 e 362,3 nel 2018. Elicotteri da guerra, sistemi di precisione, bombe, razzi, missili e armi da fuoco per un totale di 890,6 milioni. La Turchia è nella Nato, è un forte partner commerciale e politico dell’Europa, non è sottoposta ad alcun embargo e compra i nostri armamenti, tutto legale quindi?

https://www.corriere.it/dataroom-milena-gabanelli/export-armi-turchia-dove-perche-violiamo-leggi-italiane-dell-onu/57dbf612-ef70-11e9-9951-ede310167127-va.shtml

 
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Posted by on October 16, 2019 in European Union

 

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‘You broke our glacier’: the Mont Blanc resort on the climate frontline

Like millions of their compatriots around the globe, the children of Courmayeur marched last Friday to protest against the climate crisis. The group of 160 or so pupils, some as young as six, turned out with banners and slogans, repeatedly shouting: “Ban plastic, save our planet.” But their most prominent placard message showed that for the youngsters of this small Italian resort town at the foot of Mont Blanc, the threat of climate change is particularly close to home. “You broke our glacier”, it read.

The activists were referring to Planpincieux, a glacier on the nearby Grandes Jorasses peak that is changing so rapidly that experts warned last week that a huge portion of ice was in danger of breaking away.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/28/courmayeur-you-broke-our-glacier-mont-blanc-resort-climate-frontline

 
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Posted by on October 7, 2019 in European Union, Uncategorized

 

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António Costa: A Socialist Success Story in Portugal

When António Costa meets people, he makes eye contact and smiles broadly. The Portuguese prime minister is full of curiosity when approaching counterparts like German Chancellor Angela Merkel, he amiably shakes hands with journalists before live television interviews and he is all ears when talking to voters on the street. He always seems to be in the best of moods, peering out from behind his rimless glasses with his dark eyes, a slightly ironic expression on his face.

The cordial Senhor Costa, head of a Socialist Party minority government that is tolerated by the Communists and the Trotskyist Left Bloc, has survived for four years, an achievement that nobody thought he was capable of. When he entered office, the opposition ridiculed his political alliance and referred to it as a “contraption.”

https://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/antonio-costa-a-socialist-success-story-in-portugal-a-1288837.html

 
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Posted by on October 2, 2019 in European Union

 

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The Rainbow on Fire

But the indignation sparked by the events of 20 July is nothing compared to the sea of indifference into which our civilisation is slowly sinking.

In daylight, and for a lengthy period of time, events have been happening in the middle of Europe that should have long ago prompted our deepest indignation and opposition. The events during the Equality March are yet another example.

Tua res agitur, paries cum proximus ardet” (When a neighbor’s house is burning, it concerns you) – but even more so when it is your own house which is burning. It is extreme stupidity to think that your house, instead, is shining brightly.

https://visegradinsight.eu/the-rainbow-on-fire/

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2019 in European Union, Reportages

 

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Arriva il nuovo governo, ma la destra sovranista è ancora viva

Dice Giuseppe Conte che la lingua del governo sarà “mite”. Lo dice intervenendo in una camera il cui tono si fa a tratti rabbioso al limite della gazzarra, e alla quale offre – per ottenere la fiducia – un discorso che si proclama come progetto politico. Accanto a lui, proprio lì dove sedeva Matteo Salvini, sta la neoministra dell’interno Luciana Lamorgese. Insomma, la discontinuità con il passato comincia dal linguaggio e dai simboli. Tuttavia, mentre il governo prova a costruirsi giorno dopo giorno, Salvini è ancora lì. Ora appare decisamente ammaccato, la sua propaganda si è fatta bolsa e lui si è perfino dovuto mettere a rimorchio di Giorgia Meloni. Ma è ancora lì. O meglio: il salvinismo è ancora lì, nonostante gli entusiasmi giallorossi, forse troppi. E maggior prudenza e realismo non guasterebbero.

https://www.internazionale.it/opinione/alessandro-calvi/2019/09/10/fiducia-governo-sovranisti

 
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Posted by on September 13, 2019 in European Union

 

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Il governo dovrà costruire un’alternativa alla politica dell’odio

Saranno in tanti, in Italia e non solo, ad avere tirato un bel sospiro di sollievo. Niente più servizi televisivi, giorno per giorno, con il ministro Salvini ora agghindato in una felpa dei carabinieri o della polizia, ora in una polo dell’Aeronautica militare o della polizia locale, niente rischio di elezioni imminenti con la prospettiva di trovarsi il leader della Lega presidente del consiglio: il pericolo di una brutta svolta a destra dell’Italia, una svolta che avrebbe accentuato tanto i conflitti all’interno del paese quanto quelli sulla scena europea, per il momento è scampato.

Ma sarebbe ingeneroso parlare di Matteo Salvini come di uno sprovveduto che non sa fare i suoi calcoli. Da politico spregiudicato qual è li ha sempre fatti benissimo da quando ha preso i redini della Lega nel 2013. Lui, fino ad allora “padano” convinto – “la bandiera italiana non mi dice niente” – ha impresso a quel partito regionalista-secessionista una svolta da capogiro, trasformandolo in una forza ultranazionalista – “prima gli italiani!” – con felpe annesse e connesse.

https://www.internazionale.it/opinione/michael-braun/2019/09/06/governo-alternativa-odio

 
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Posted by on September 13, 2019 in European Union

 

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Anatomía de un suicidio político

Matteo Salvini se puso el bañador el 5 de agosto y se plantó en el Papeete Beach, un chiringuito con gogós, música house y cocktails en la costa adriática. El ministro del Interior se quitó la camiseta, pidió un mojito y se animó a pinchar el himno de Italia mientras unas chicas se contoneaban en el podio. Sus spin doctors le habían dicho que tenía casi un 38% de apoyo en los sondeos y una influencia en redes descomunal. Se hizo centenares de selfies, repartió abrazos. Pero hacía días que le perseguía un mal presentimiento. “Estaba atormentado. Il Capitano no hablaba con nadie de los suyos, ni con Lorenzo Fontana [ministro de Asuntos Europeos, también en bañador], ni con Massimo Casanova [miembro de la Liga y propietario del beach club]… Se pasó el día mirando el teléfono. Cada año va a la playa y hace algo así… Pero esta vez tenía un humor lúgubre”, explica una persona que estuvo con él y lo conoce desde hace 20 años. Ese día tomó una decisión que propició algo parecido a un histórico suicidio político.

https://elpais.com/internacional/2019/08/31/actualidad/1567236059_267200.html

 
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Posted by on September 12, 2019 in European Union

 

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How Giuseppe Conte of Italy Went From Irrelevant to Irreplaceable

After 14 months of being ignored, mocked and yanked around by his deputies in Italy’s nationalist-populist government, the departing prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, used his resignation speech last week as a last-ditch audition — filled with previously unseen flashes of gravitas and steel — for the leading role in the government to come.

On Thursday, Mr. Conte got the part.

Italy’s president, Sergio Mattarella, gave the little-known lawyer turned political power broker the task of forming a sequel, but drastically different, government known as Conte II. (“Conte Reloaded,” preferred the conservative daily Il Giornale.)

Mr. Conte will now begin meetings with all party leaders and is expected next week to submit to Mr. Mattarella a cabinet that, if approved, will then be brought to parliament for a confidence vote.

 
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Posted by on September 12, 2019 in European Union

 

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Italian Laundry List Grows as Latest Political Crisis Grinds On

Italy’s next government — whoever winds up leading it — will have a lengthy list of problems needing immediate attention.

Thorny issues include getting a budget that complies with European Union
deficit rules through parliament by the end of December, finding a
solution to the environmental pollution charges threatening thousands of
jobs at Europe’s largest steel plant and working out who will run some
of the biggest state-owned enterprises and key government agencies.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-08-24/italian-laundry-list-grows-as-latest-political-crisis-grinds-on

 
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Posted by on September 7, 2019 in European Union

 

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