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A new impetus for Europe

The European Council held in Brussels on thursday has been a turning point for Europe. Europe has to choose its destiny: on one side, there was the risk of implosion, on the other, a clear change of direction. Europe has chosen to change and survive. The summit has brought about economic security and growth. Italy… » read more

Posted by Gianni PITTELLA MEP

The European Council has started its works. It is clear that we need a change in the strategy put forward so far. This was a two-fold strategy: on the one hand, it supports fiscal austerity through the Fiscal Compact, on the other, it aims at supporting the banking system through the injection of liquidity by… » read more

Posted by Gianni PITTELLA MEP

Like an artichoke

The crisis is like an artichoke: you remove a leave and you find another leave and then the heart. You solve the problem of Ireland and then you find Portugal, Spain, then..You speak of a banking union and then you have to deal with the Fiscal Union, then with the Monetary Union.. This a never-ending… » read more

Posted by Gianni PITTELLA MEP

Waiting for Greece

The Greek people are now voting! Tension is high as this vote will influence Europe’s destiny. Our future is at stake. My wish is that Pro-Europe Parties will win. I hope the winner will be able to combine dignity, fairness, Europeanism with the strength to bring Greece over the crisis, thus consolidating its Eurozone membership.… » read more

Posted by Gianni PITTELLA MEP

Yesterday, the Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 ORE published an APPEAL TO REVIEW THE GREEK MEMORANDUM I am supporting with some collagues and intellectuals. Greece is on the brink of the abyss. The country is facing a recession, unemployment is dramatically high, the political system is at risk of implosion and popular anger is growing.… » read more

Posted by Gianni PITTELLA MEP

Cura te ipsum

Cura te ipsum (“Take care of your own self!”) is a latin injunction, urging physicians to care for and heal themselves. Europe is undermined by the financial speculation, the Greek crisis and the banking turmoil in Spain. More particularly, Europe is contaminated with a virus coming from its political elites: the political indolence of its… » read more

Posted by Gianni PITTELLA MEP

An intelligent Europe?

Is Europe intelligent? Some years ago Romano Prodi said that the Stability Pact was stupid.. I was thinking about Prodi´s sentence today when some high-ranked European military officials explained me that Europe has not yet developed a common intelligence service. While Nato has its own intelligence agency, the EU lacks it and needs the help… » read more

Posted by Gianni PITTELLA MEP