Italy: Berlusconi a threath for European democracy
20 Apr 2008 10:24 GMT
This is mainly the story of only one week before the Italian elections(I was in Italy).
Everything can be checked on the internet or press(written and TV) and most of the statements are statements of Berlusconi himself.
Just to give you a clear view of what we get in the european parliament...
In European press they talk mostly about the centrum right or conservative coalition of Silvio Berlusconi.
How would you call a coalition of neo-fascists ( Alleanza Nazionale with Alessandra Mussolini, and yes , near family from…), the separatist and xenophobe Lega Nord (a week before the election, they threatened once again to take up arms and use violence), and the populist block of ruler Berlusconi(a party that even didn’t exist a few months before the election and of which the program and even the hymn is totally Silvio’s own! )
Under the previous government of Berlusconi, politicians like Prodi, judges and journalists were tapped and followed closely in their private and public lives by the Italian secret service.
Not only the Berlusconi TV channels but also the national RAI got daily instructions
about the news information (and even about the programmation!) they had to bring.
Intimidation of judges was and is still going on.
Attacks on the juridical system happen every day.
A few days before the elections, Berlusconi ‘remembered’ one of his previous plans: submit judges at regular times to psychiatric examinations.
I think that the message was clear.
Previous remarks about famous and everywhere respected journalists, like the late Enzo Biagi, resulted in the removal of these journalists from the RAI.
Even dead you are not safe:
A few days before the elections, Silvio claims that Enzo left the RAI out of free will
and that he did it for the money.
Is it surprising that the number of critical journalist left in Italy can be counted on two hands?
How can you have an independent newspaper if the whole publicity market is mainly in the hands of one man?
A few days before the elections, Silvio’s right hand and co founder of Forza Italia comes with another plan.
Senator Dell’Utri( involved in numerous scandals and several times convicted) thinks that the history books about the role of the resistance in the second world war have to be changed.
Is it a coincidence that Berlusconi, even as prime minister, always has refused to be present on the national feast of the liberation, the 25 of April?
Will he be present this year to represent his people?
Dell’Utri is getting the taste of it and comes with another statement(confirmed the following day by Berlusconi).
He defines a ‘real’ hero: Vittorio Mangano, part of the mafia, a curriculum that you don’t want to see.
Vittorio worked several years for Berlusconi as ‘horsekeeper’ at his villa(although it seems that there were even no horses…)
This man has been defined by the blown-up judge Borsellino as the mafia link to North Italy.
Dell’Utri says literally that ‘Mangano was a hero because he never confessed under pressure compromising things about Berlusconi or Dell’Utri ’.
All this, when a few days before, Berlusconi’s opponent makes an very impressing tour in South Italy where he swears to fight the mafia hard.
Is this intimidation?
I think the message was clear in South Italy.
Berlusconi now gets enthusiastic and mentions, ‘by the way’, that in case of victory, president Napolitano(which is regarded by all parties as neutral), will have to resign for a candidate of his coalition.
Is this intimidation or coincidence?
The controlled Italian media has contributed for years to the selection ‘victory’ of Silvio Berlusconi.
This is the result of years of spreading of populism, hate, intolerance, and for sure anti-politics.
In a some Italian cities(Padova) they build walls to separate Italian children from immigrants.
Is this ringing a bell?
Can this happen in other European countries?
This has nothing to do with the ‘exotic’ nature of Italians.
Latest years , you can see also in European newspapers headlines that for shortly I only thought possible in Italy.
Italy is a marvelous country, the pearl of Europe, people with an enormous potential and warmth.
The victory of Berlusconi is a drama but I think that the lesson has to be clear to all other European counties;
Stop anti politics, stop the media pollution and manipulation , don’t allow media concentrations(Berlusconi, Murdoch and others…), take urgently measures on European level!
Don’t let this cancer spread itself over Europe…
Shouldn’t Europe be a bit more then an economic coalition of some countries?
Europe is very concerned about the democratic situation of the new candidate members.
What about the democratic level of ‘old’ members (part of the G8)?
The Italian situation is the logical consequence of 15 years of intimidation, populism, control of the media and for sure anti politics.
This is the perfect recept for a fascist dictature.
And this should be centrum right?
There is more then one figure that is very proud to raise their right arm and bring the fascist greetings in Berlusconi’s coalition, but also in his ‘party’ (The business man and newspaper owner Ciarrapico)
Will the christen democratic members in the European parliament sit next to this bunch?
Is Ciarrapico and Berlusconi’s party welcome in the christen democratic European alliance?
Can Silvio Berlusconi be suspected of some ethical principles?
Isn’t it urgently time to take immediate measures on European level and give very clear signals?