Italy Standoff 2018 – a word from Jean-Claude Juncker

Politics are just wonderful. The more you know about it, the less it makes sense. Think about the current Italian situation, for instance. In the 80-plus days after the last round of political elections, we got every possible lecture from abroad, it looks like everybody wanted to put his or her finger in the pie.

It’s true that we got an unprecedented situation, with a party (the Five Stars Movement) that never had direct experience of nation-wide matters, partnered with another (the League, formerly known as The Northern League)  that is known for its Euroscepticism. So far, nobody knows for sure what the new government will do. To put it bluntly, they have the democratic right to push their own agenda ( for better or worse).

Two days ago the Guardian published a very controversial piece (look here) about declarations released by Mr. Jean-Claude Juncker, actually in charge as the President of the European Commission. It’s easy to say that a man in such a position should be very diplomatic when it comes to addressing delicate matters in a moment of political turmoil. There are already a whole lot of issues between Italy and EU Commission, this is not the right moment to add spice to the meal.

For Italians, declarations like this one are not so easy to get down:

“Italians have to take care of the poor regions of Italy. That means more work; less corruption; seriousness,” Juncker said. “We will help them as we always did. But don’t play this game of loading with responsibility the EU. A country is a country, a nation is a nation. Countries first, Europe second.”

Maybe Mr. Juncker should remember his own role in the scandal known as LuxLeaks (see here). If you speak about corruption, you have to be in the right position to do so. It’s sure like Hell that my country could and should do better that before, we already know that. We can work more, we can also be more lawful in our acts, no doubt.

Quite frankly, we will take no lessons from such a man. Not today, not tomorrow.

This is a video with a very peculiar title (not my choice), that shows how a President should not behave in a public ceremony.

 

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