1 June 2018
Responding to the news that Italy will resurrect its plans to form a government with Giuseppe Conte as the new Prime Minister, European Green Party co-chair Monica Frassoni commented:
"We are heading towards a government which is at risk of quickly becoming socially and economically unsustainable.
"This alliance puts into question the rule of law and the respect for human rights, including those of migrants and refugees.
"It also seems to lean towards alliances and convergences with illiberal reforms and international leaders which are very different from Italy’s traditional constructive approach as one of the founding members of the European Union.
“This is a challenge and a danger for the whole EU, but the answer can by no means be a half-hearted call to respect the rules and for ‘reforms’, which are interpreted and implemented as policies based only on public spending cuts.
"Some representatives, mainly conservatives, of EU national governments and institutions, seem to underestimate the impact and importance of policies based on solidarity and positive investments, rather than on rigid numbers or parameters, which deepen the imbalances within the EU. In particular, the EU needs to radically change its economic policies, with a focus on investment in Green jobs and sustainability, and adopt an approach towards migration that focuses on shared responsibility among all Member States and on adequate resources for a positive integration process.
“It is important that Italians are shown concretely that the EU can indeed be reformed by emphasising sustainability and democracy, and that Italy can play an important role in this process.”
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