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In Italy, the extreme right is shaking up the European recovery plan. A thunderclap occurred at the end of September 2022 on the banks of the Tiber: Italian voters brought to power in Rome the most right-wing government since the end of the Second World War. At its head, Giorgia Meloni and her post-fascist party Fratelli d’Italia (Brothers of Italy).
Italy is one of the countries that benefits the most from European solidarity: 75 billion euros over the last 7 years for the cohesion policy, 200 billion euros for the recovery plan. Giorgia Meloni, new President of the Italian Council, however intends to “renegotiate” the terms of this solidarity and displays positions on the migratory or social questions which are shaking up Brussels and raising questions from its partners.
Our guests :
– ECR MEP Vincenzo Sofo (Fratelli d’Italia) defends the new lines of the ruling coalition and shows his support for Hungary in its showdown with the European Commission
-Roberto Gualtieri, mayor of Rome now in the opposition (Democratic Party), is one of the architects of this European recovery policy. Former Italian Minister of Finance, he welcomes our team to the Italian capital: he intends to bring the benefits of European funds to his constituents, while defending the values of openness, particularly in favor of refugees rejected by the current government.
-Italy, first beneficiary of the EU? Sophie Samaille details the issue of structural funds for Italy.
-Refugees, collateral victims of the showdown with Brussels? Report by Luke Brown: he went to the south of La Botte to meet those who work for the integration of migrants and who fear to bear the brunt of the new political situation.
A program presented from Italy by Caroline de Camaret. Producer: Johan Bodin. Images: Stéphane Bodenne.
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