Written by Luise Hemmer Pihl
Edited by Lisbeth Kirk
Swedish / Svenska
för nationell suveränitet
Colourful Italy has always been seen
an uncritical EU member. But now
a critical movement has been born
Italiani Liberi (Free Italy) is a new born Italian movement for
sovereignty. The movement has asked the Italian Parliament to restore
Italian sovereignty. While working to achieve this end, Italiani Liberi
aims at obtaining a moratorium in the adoption of the euro and on the
ratification of the Treaty of Nice.
Italy has always been considered as a country where no doubt about the EU
existed. A few years ago, the Italians even rejoiced in paying an
extraordinary tax "for Europe" to get the country's finances in
order for entering the euro zone. European integration has been seen as
the natural and necessary answer to the Fascist movement that governed the
country from 1929 to 1943.
But one persistent woman, Professor Ida Magli, has kept up a debate
through sharp analyses in lectures and in an extraordinary book, CONTRO L'EUROPA
- tutto quello che non vi hanno detto di Maastricht (AGAINST EUROPE - all
the things they did not tell you about Maastricht) from 1997, with several
Ida Magli is a well-known figure in Italy because of her professional work
as an anthropologist. Her criticizm of European Integration is founded
partly in concern for democracy, partly in a professional anxiety for the
consequences of denying and eradicating the part of a people's identity,
the national part.
Now, Ida Magli has taken the initiative to an EU-critical movement,
Italiani Liberi (Free Italy) with a homepage, offering the Manifesto of
the Movement and an article, The Italian People Don't Know They've Lost
Their Sovereignty, as well as a contact address for those who want to join
The site is in Italian, English, and even for some parts in Swedish.