Sing for us, Ukraine!

Kiev is burning and the Ukranian government led by President Viktor Yanukovych is repressing the protests that have erupted in the capital.

Nine Thirteen people died already and police is launching an assault to Independence square but Ukranians keep on singing their national anthem, proudly waving their flags and hoping for a better future. Closer to Europe and away from dictatoriship.

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Democracy is overrated: Francis Underwood would turn pale in front of Italian politics.

Francis Underwood would not survive half an hour Italian politics.

His manipulative skills would be worth less than nothing in modern Italy, the Terza Repubblica of Machiavellian cons, fearless fights for power and silent slaughters for the premiership.

Amid economic turbulences, industrial stagnation and sky-rocketing unemployment, Rome’s politics is mainly focused in appointing the third Prime minister in a row that hasn’t undergone a democratic election.

Earlier in 2011, Italy had super Mario Monti to reduce deficit and keep the country away from the bull’s eye of economic disaster after years of Berlusconi’s dubious laissez-faire ; then Enrico Letta was the only hope for a government of national unity. For inexplicable reasons, Letta resigned last Friday to allow the mayor of Florence, Matteo Renzi, to step in as the new Prime minister.

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Matteo Renzi
new Italian PM
aka the Fonz

Renzi, also known as the Fonz for his easy smile and leather jackets, is a 39 year old ruthless politician that had previously pledged to seek power via an election, but last week engineered the removal of the sitting Prime Minister Letta by calling a vote for his removal at a meeting of their Democratic Party.

Of course Renzi, who will be sworn in as PM in the next 48 hours, adopted the Machiavellian quote “I am not interested in preserving the status quo. I want to overthrow it” but it seems he’s been perpetuating the same perfidious strategy of his predecessors during the darkest age of the Republic.

Democracy is overrated, but please wake us up from this nightmare that resembles too much the Italian version of House of Cards.

“Let’s reform Europe together” Barroso tells UK

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President of the EU Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso (courtesy of Wikipedia)

The president of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, visited London ahead of European elections in May and warned member states, in particular the UK, not to “shoot ourselves in our feet”.

The  head of the EU executive delivered a speech earlier this afternoon at the London School of Economics on the health of the European Union and the reforms needed to push the EU in a more globalized and competitive world.

Barroso’s visit in London was crucial as Prime Minister David Cameron  promised to give an in/out referendum on EU membership if re-elected next year.

“If you don’t like Europe, help us reform it but don’t turn your back on us” Barroso said before LSE’s students, stressing the importance of unity as the basic pillar to overcome economic and political differences.

“We now have the leverage to push reforms,” Barroso said “and of course we could have faced the crisis better but we are democratic states and we cannot impose decisions on member states. We can only advise them.”

Barroso, in his tenth year of presidency, tried ad well to persuade Cameron not to block a fundamental principle of the EU: freedom of movement. The PM has said he’d like to do to stop the citizens of new EU member states from tapping Britain’s welfare benefits.

” We cannot have a single market without the free movement of European citizens,” the president said. “and I don’t want to have first and second class EU citizens because this could lead to class stratification that goes against our ideals.”

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