(Photo: European Flag, by TPCOM). Saturday June 23rd, at the end of a dramatic and exhausting meeting, EU member states came to an agreement over a new political treaty (repubblica.it). European Union slows down, while the 'double majority' voting system has been put off till 2017 owing to Poland’s veto (repubblica.it).
Polish President Lech Kaczynski came to Brussles with the provoking proposal of a 'square root' voting system (ft.com). His twin brother and Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski explained this request going back to the effects of Nazi’s Polish invasion and extermination during World War II (corriere.it).
Thus insulting the memory of Polish people itself, Mr Lech and Mr Jaroslaw Kaczynski made Poland an instrument of the eurosceptical european governments: Britain, the Czech Republic, the Nederlands and France.
18 European countries had given their approval to the European Constitutional Treaty, but in Brussels they were unable to go ahead without Poland, in spite of German Prime Minister Ms Angela Merkel's initial warning (repubblica.it).
Italian Prime Minister Mr Romano Prodi explained his disappointment after the summit (repubblica.it), but he was unable to oppose himself to this awfully bad treaty. Italian President Mr Giorgio Napolitano went further in disapproving this ugly compromise (repubblica.it). Mr Mario Monti, former European Commissioner for Competition, approved of Angela Merkel’s behaviour (corriere.it).
Meanwhile, the political crisis stands still: as Barbara Spinelli explained (lastampa.it), we’re going back to the Nice Treaty of 2001. The Kaczynski brothers will steal Europe 16 years of history.
I think that Italy should stop pretending to act like a world power: Italy should gather Southern and Eastern European countries – such as Spain and Hungary – to enhance a ‘two-speed’ European Union. Since some countries are slowing down, we can indeed speed up between us: in foreign policy, in immigration rules, in public safety, in reforming agriculture and liberalizing the markets.
In Beppe Fenoglio's novel Il partigiano Johnny, a fascist NCO provokes the protagonist: “– Anche lei mi appare un ufficiale, nel grande solo vero senso del termine. Bene, ora voi possedete la città. Anzi, voglio andare oltre la città. Posso figurarmi che possediate tutta l’Italia. Bene: che farete, ragazzi, dell’Italia? – Une petite affaire toute serieuse, – disse Johnny, e Pierre assentì con la sua inimitabile earnestness. – Voglio dire, – insisté il maggiore, – ci sarà ancora un’Italia con voi? – Certamente. Per favore, non se ne preoccupi.” [– You too look to me like an NCO, according the only proper meaning of the word. Well, now you have got the town. On the contrary, I want to go further. I can imagine that you possess Italy. Well guys, what would you make of Italy? – A little thing, but an extremely serious one, – said Johnny, while Pierre nodded with his matchless earnestness. – I mean, – insisted the major, – there will be Italy any more with you? – Of course. And please, never mind.] (Beppe Fenoglio, Il partigiano Johnny, 1968, Ch. XXI).