Contra spem, as the ancient Romans used to say: meaning “to hope against hope”, to dare to dream. I am reminded of this exhortation when thinking of Britain’s EU referendum, a vote which offers a clear choice either to stay in, as we hope is the outcome, or to leave Europe.
In my mind’s eye, like all of you, I can see the smiling face of the MP Jo Cox, her life given over to great causes, the photograph with her little son peering at the sunlight through a glade of trees; her senseless death. I can see also the strength and dignity of a democracy that can be divided – bitterly so – on everything, but which nevertheless can stand united and strong when faced with hatred, with the unthinkable, with the absurd.… Seguir leyendo »
These are historic times for Italy: our senate has just voted to accept far-reaching reform. There will no longer be a bicameral system, where the two parliamentary chambers have the same role and power. The government will no longer have to win a confidence vote twice to survive, and the country will no longer require 315 senators.
Italy has been simplified. What seemed impossible just two years ago is now a reality.
Something entire generations of Italian politicians dreamed of is now happening. And while we wait for the reforms to be approved in a referendum in October, we can see in these measures the natural conclusion of a process that in the space of 22 months has included transforming the labour market, changing the voting system, cutting taxes while reducing the deficit, reducing delays in the civil justice system (although more needs to be done), battling the red tape of bureaucracy, and investing in education and research.… Seguir leyendo »
La búsqueda de paz y alimentos que empuja a miles de hombres y mujeres —y a sus hijos— a arriesgar la vida para llegar a Europa no es nada nuevo ni que vaya a desaparecer mañana. Quien crea que puede detenerla con un tuit vive en una realidad paralela.
La historia de la humanidad está hecha de flujos migratorios y solo el miedo explica que la superficialidad demagógica y racista domine cada vez con más fuerza la política europea, y sea decisiva en varias elecciones.
Pero a ese miedo hay que responder con valentía política.
Mi país, Italia, está salvando miles de vidas humanas desde hace meses.… Seguir leyendo »
The Mediterranean Sea, cradle of our civilization, is becoming a deathbed for thousands of nameless, desperate men, women and children. These people had lives full of pain, despair and hope, which led them to become victims of human trafficking. The voices of mothers who lost their children at sea will haunt our consciences. We must stop this carnage.
After the latest incident — more than 800 migrants traveling between Libya and Italy perished last weekend after their boat capsized — European leaders, who are convening Thursday at my request, must revamp our response to the increase in illegal migration and human trafficking across Africa and the Mediterranean before the next tragedy.… Seguir leyendo »
Fresh from a visit to Silicon Valley, Italy’s 39-year-old, Twitter-loving prime minister Matteo Renzi came to New York last week to attend the opening of the U.N. General Assembly. He spoke with The Post’s Lally Weymouth about his hopes to change his country. Excerpts:
Italy has been in a long recession. You seem to say you can change the country. Do you think you can?
We can change, and we must change. After years of stagnation, I think that this is the moment in which Italy can realize the things we’ve waited for for years. How many years has Italy spoken about labor reforms?… Seguir leyendo »