a new Europe for politics, defence, real economy – EURACTIV.com

a new Europe for politics, defence, real economy – EURACTIV.com

With Sunday (25 September) snap elections in Italy, EURACTIV Italy is investigating the Forza Italy program of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, which shows clear support for EU integration – which is completely at odds with the programs presented by its coalition partners. .

Read the original article in Italian here.

Forza Italia contains several references to the EU, including a one-page chapter on “Our Foreign and Defense Policy: We are Atlanticists and Europeans”, as well as another seven pages of detailed plans “For a New Europe: Politics, Defence, Real Economy” .

In the defense field, Forza Italia proposes “a single common European foreign policy” and also proposes a “shift from the unanimous voting system to qualified majority voting for European Council decisions”. It also calls for a “Joint Defense Army with the coordination of the armed forces of the European countries and the establishment of a 100,000-man intervention corps”, exceeding the requirement of 60,000 armed forces enshrined in the 1999 Helsinki decision that has never been executed.

The party also calls for reaching 2% of GDP on defense spending, meeting NATO requirements and strengthening ties with the alliance and the US. Forza Italia also proposes in its program a so-called European Marshall Plan for Africa to significantly reduce immigration and increase military cooperation with the countries of North Africa and the Horn of Africa’, as well as a ‘European plan to help countries with ongoing conflicts and a high percentage of people living in absolute poverty”.

In other words, the party sees the EU as the entity responsible for the stabilization of neighboring countries and rejects the nationalist ambitions for Italy as a regional power in the Mediterranean, which characterize the agendas of its main allies.

The text, written after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, refers only to the “conflict in Ukraine,” but does not mention or condemn the aggressor, nor the aid Italy has sent to the country.

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