Merkel is threatened. Macron is outraged. Brussels is paralysed. And all three trends are taken by their opponents as signs that they are winning.
Posts Tagged: Italy
British commentators who jumped to condemn his decision as a travesty of democracy failed to understand the country’s constitutional traditions.
“This new government exists explicitly to do what the Italian people have just voted against. I suppose at least they’re being honest about it.”
Henry Newman: The EU isn’t a conspiracy against democracy, but it does a pretty good job of looking like one
Some Italians hoped Brexit would make Brussels realise it had gone too far. Instead, the EU elite has doubled down, regardless of troublesome voters.
Readers will see that it is all plain sailing for the plan reportedly being cooked up by “Tory grandees”.
Will Italy’s new government blow the bloody doors off? Don’t get your hopes up. (Or your fears either.)
One day the country’s voters may dig in against the long squeeze imposed on them from northern Europe. But don’t be too sure it will happen yet.
Look wider than the tragic tale of Alfie Evans. And ask if the balance of power is right between families and the state.
Disputes have focused on questions arising from his plight – parental, ethical, legal. But it may be useful to widen the angle of the lens.
Neil O’Brien: We Conservatives need to refresh ourselves to stop Corbyn. That’s why Onward is being launched.
Even in lefty France, socialist policies are now being dumped by Emmanuel Macron in favour of free markets. Now is the time to develop our next round of big ideas.
Despite talk of the negotiations getting bogged down, the French president seems to understand that the process is about politics more than legal complexity.
Henry Newman: The unified reaction to the Skripal affair suggests talk of Britain’s ‘isolation’ was premature
To listen to some commentators a few weeks ago, you’d have thought it was only EU membership – not shared interests and values – that brings allies together.
Whatever happened to the Big Society? 3) Peter Franklin: The values of the all-consuming state or market both deaden the human spirit
Even in an age of austerity, government has plenty of power and assets, which it could on a small-scale, experimental basis transfer to the control of community groups.
The “extraordinary international response by our allies” amounts to “the largest collective expulsion of Russian intelligence officers ever”, Johnson says.
Both leading EU states and the US are following the Prime Minister’s lead on Russia.
Salvatore Murtas: The Italian electorate’s message to the pro-EU political establishment is clear and blunt
The election result was simply voters’ latest desperate attempt to send political elites at home and in Brussels a final warning.
The vote split along geographic and political grounds; it is hard to see how any proper government can be formed between competing brands of populism.