The Berlusconi government and the debate on the future of the European Union
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AbstractThis brief commentary would like to address the silent revolution currently taking place in Italy: for the first time in decades, this founder member is reassessing its role in Europe. Throughout most of their recent history, Italians across the political spectrum had regarded Europe as a sort of moral imperative, as an alternative and indeed superior identity in a country with a traditionally weak national identity of its own. In recent months and years, however, this has begun to change, and it is no longer politically incorrect to raise questions which would have seemed almost unthinkable a decade or so ago. The long-standing official Europeanist rhetoric is being questioned, if not abandoned altogether, and it is now perfectly legitimate for Italians in positions of authority to ask themselves: where do our national interests lie in Europe? As Italians, what type of Europe should we favour?.
Dassù, Marta (2002) The Berlusconi government and the debate on the future of the European Union. 2 p.. (En Evaluación)