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Only few people know the exact amount of the European budget. Many citizens think that the European budget is very large, that the European institutions spend ridiculous amount of the taxpayers’ money and even that the public European administration is composed of hundreds of thousands of civil servants . Instead , it is not true.… » read more

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A slap on the wrist

A few days ago The Guardian published a very nice article concerning the destiny of the main personalities who were at the heart of the crisis. Bankers, economists, central bankers and politicians were guilty of the worst meltdown since the war and in particular some of them played a decisive role in contributing to the… » read more

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Germany before history

Summer is a critical time for Europe. Markets get nervous and speculation is ready to attack. Yesterday’s eurogroup took some right decisions like the bail-out to Spanish banking system. This is not enough! Europe is facing a confidence crisis which could result in a break-up of the Eurozone. To restore confidence, markets need a feasible,… » read more

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Here we are! Italia Viva has just started from Spoleto, a beautiful town in the heartland of the Beautiful Umbria, in Central Italy. Italia Viva is a trip around Italy aimed at visiting and supporting the Best experiences in Italy (www.primapersona.eu/italiaviva) Italia Viva is a name difficult to translate into English. It means lively, “Vivid… » read more

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Last week´s European Council paved the way to restore confidence in Europe. We should not lose the momentum created at the summit. Europe should now be committed to better regulating the financial sector. Only by regulating the financial market, Europe will be really protected from a new financial storm. The task will not be easy.… » read more

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I am writing this post when the European Championship is not yet over. I am happy for the Italian victory in the semifinal and tonight I will support my national team even though I like a Mediterranean national team such as Spain. What I would like to stress is not related to soccer in itself.… » read more

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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

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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

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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

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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

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