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La Germania è un macigno per la crescita Europea.

Prof Alberto Bagnai, intervistato da TGCom24, ci ricorda che gli stati Europei hanno dimenticato il principio di autodeterminazione, dal momento che le scelte dei paesi sono ormai in mano a Brussels. Il debito pubblico italiano sarebbe convertibile in Lire e, nonostante la cosa non sia semplicissima, il problema diventa tanto più complesso quanto più si posticipa la possibile uscita dell’Italia dall’Euro. Il mio commento è che è ormai giunto il momento di affrontare la questione in modo oggettivo, non legato alle politiche. Suppongo che sia chi sia a favore sia chi sia contro l’uscita dall’Euro abbia a cuore il benessere degli Italiani. Propongo una conferenza dove si discutano questi temi, e che il parlamento e governo italiano, per una volta, dimentichino il proprio partito di appartenenza e si discuta di contenuti ..al più presto.

EU and its citizens

“Europe 2017: Make It or Break It?” is the tile of a conference organised by ISPI and LUISS University and held in Rome on Jan 24th. Participants included Giorgio Napolitano, Mario Monti and so on. It was quite a high level of discussion on the challenges and opportunities that Europe faces today, ranging from the migrant crisis to banking Union to the role of EU and the European Commission and of course Brexit and the Euro.

China’s dilemma: equality or economic growth?

Income equality in the world rising, with only a handful of people holding large proportion of worlds’ wealth and so on. Big media headlines just before Davos opened. Chinese’s President Xi Jinping, surprisingly, rises in Davos to the role of paladin of economic liberalism and supporter of more income equality. Unfortunately for China, achieving economic growth and income equality are two contradicting goals. One has to give.

Xi Switzerland: EU needs to be careful

President Xi Jinping arrived in Switzerland on Sunday for his first state visit to the country and his first meeting of the World Economic Forum, a major annual gathering of global political and corporate leaders. This is the second time in a few weeks that China takes steps to build closer relationship with European non-EU members. After re-establishing links with Norway a few days ago, this week we should pay attention to Xi announcement with Switzerland.

China and Norway friends again: impact on EU?

China and Norway decided on Dec 19, 2016, to normalize relations after six years of freeze. It is not going to make Mr. Juncker very happy. It shows that countries can liaise with China on equal terms regardless of their size. In a way this makes the argument for “a stronger united Europe” less strong. Having said that, one should also not read too much into it, as EU political crisis surely is not the result of China getting in the way.

Italia e Cina: due economie a confronto

In this first Op-Ed for 2017 written for Radiocor, I attemp to compare Italian and Chinese economic pillars and suggest a simple program, in eight points, to revive the Italian Economy. China economy finds its success on an combination of government and private sector activity. Italians economy needs better coordination between those two sectors and citizens too need to play their role. More needs to be done, naturally, and I will in the course of the next few days, develop each of those points in more detail. For now, Happy New Year to All..

European leaders’ New Year speeches restate their opinions about EU

Hollande said: “France is open to the world, France belongs to European.” Theresa May called for unity in the country and said that “ambition will unite us.” I think politicians need to pay more attention to citizens views and not just pretend like they have done for decades. The economic situation in Europe and the lack of serious development policies do not fear well for incumbent parties. The EU must undergo a deep reorganization and redefinition of its mission, probably by slowing down integration rather than moving ahead blindly.

Italy out of euro next?

The people of Italy have rejected the proposed changes in the Constitution by a large margin. The Prime Mister, Renzi, the main supporter of this reform has been defeated and has resigned. The two alternative parties, the Northern League and the Five Star Movement are now in a much more favorable position to launch a new referendum that would ask Italian people whether they wish to remain in the Eurozone.