By postfataresurgo for The Saker Blog
What is essentially a Banana Republic? Regardless of its agricultural products, whether it’s bananas or broccoli, the definition can be applied to a country that is politically unstable on a permanent basis and/or a country whose sovereignty exists only on paper, being a de facto colony of a bigger power.
There is a joke going around Italy these days, after the latest Iranian developments: Italy doesn’t really need a foreign minister, since the position is already taken by a guy named Mike Pompeo, whose origins are, after all, Italian. Pompeo seemingly spent two days on the phone doing his best to inform European allies of what happened, but didn’t have time for a call to his Italian counterpart. Seriously, why bother? Italy’s new foreign minister is new on the job, doesn’t speak English let alone a basic knowledge of world geography, why would anyone bother wasting his time trying to have a professional chat with such a world class diplomat named Luigi Di Maio?
Di Maio chose to become foreign minister after having served as deputy prime minister (a joint position held with Matteo Salvini) and Minister of Economic Development in the former government (2018-2019). His credentials to become foreign minister are nonexistent, to say the least. Matteo Salvini, now the leader of opposition parties – has called the current Italian government “the worst in Italian history”. He may be right about that but his immediate reaction after Soleimani’s assassination –clapping hands on command, calling Soleimani a terrorist, unconditionally aligned with the US – was also that of a banana republic lackey.
A somewhat more dignified and diplomatic comment has come from Giorgia Meloni, who said that the whole situation doesn’t require “cheering like fans in a football stadium” and requires serious ponderation. Meloni’s right-wing party (Fratelli d’Italia) is currently seeing a slow but steady increase in polls, certainly due to her leadership, recognized also by international press such as The Times as among the most influential leaders for 2020.
Comments aside, on the wake of an event that brought the world on the brink of a war, no Italian political leader would dare say anything about Italy’s real condition as a meaningless periphery of the Empire, occupied by well over 100 US military installations of various size, shape and purposes, including atomic stockpiles. These installations are a de facto extraterritorial pieces of US within Italy, thanks to peace treaties that go back to 1947, and still very much in existence. Italy’s presence in NATO is completely subservient to US interests and members of the Italian armed forces are present in various numbers around the world wherever the Empire deems them useful, such as Afghanistan, Iraq and Lebanon with exorbitants costs for the Italian taxpayer.
No Italian political figure, present or immediately future, represents a possible critic to such a state of affairs. Then again, every time an Italian PM shows signs of – say – independent initiative, he’s quickly brought back to obedience, although we must say the methods have changed over time. The latest example was Berlusconi’s cooperation and friendship treaty with Libya, signed with Gheddafi in 2008. Both leaders were to be wiped out of the scene within three years, albeit with very different methods: bombs for the African dictator, an overnight downrating of the Italian economy for the Milanese tycoon.
Rewind back to the mid 80’s, when Italy’s was enjoying a robust economy and its own currency. In October 1985 the Sigonella standoff proved itself to be the last act of sovereignty of Italy, thanks to then PM Bettino Craxi, who was then rewarded for his act of bravery with a forced exile in Tunisia when in the early 90’s a well orchestrated judiciary coup commonly known as Mani Pulite brought an entire political generation to its knees and with that the end of Italy’s Prima Repubblica.
Back to 1978, our memory goes to Aldo Moro, whose body was delivered in the trunk of a car in the center of Rome courtesy of CIA infiltrated Red Brigades. Moro, who had been openly threatened by Kissinger for his attempts to have the Italian Communist Party (PCI) as member of the government’s coalition, had pursued in well over a decade a low profile foreign policy in the best interest of Italy, with a constant dialogue with Arab countries and a secret pact with Arafat’s PLO which kept Italy “protected” from possible Palestinian terrorists.
Moro was a low-key figure, quite the opposite from flamboyant maverick Enrico Mattei who worked tirelessly to make Italy energy independent and its state oil company ENI a leading player in a world dominated by US and British oil companies. Mattei was appointed after the war with the task of liquidating a little known state enterprise, AGIP, created by the Fascist regime. Instead, recognizing the potential of the company as a state asset in appropriating oil sources around the world, he reorganized it under the new name Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi, introducing –among other things – the principle whereby the country that owned exploited oil reserves would receive up to 75% of the profits.
Needless to say, Mattei had many enemies around the world, and his death sentence was just a matter of time. In October 1962 his company jetplane exploded in flight as it was about to land in Milan coming from Sicily. Official enquiries immediately declared it was an accident. It took at least three decades to reclassify the accident as homicide by a bomb that had been hidden in the plane. We now know that it was – once again – the Mafia that acted on behalf of “foreign powers”.
Mattei, Moro and Craxi had been ordinary men who found themselves appointed in positions of high power. Each one had his different style, his many shortcomings and each one made mistakes during their career. But one thing they had in common: they worked in the best interest of their country, and they all payed for it. By comparison, today’s political scene in Italy is made of clueless invertebrates whose interests are only of sheer political survival.
Luigi di Maio may be Italy’s foreign minister for the next few months, or years. Regardless, he represents the nothingness of the country in the global scene. In 1911, a then young country formed only 50 years before claimed Libya from a decaying Ottoman empire. A century later, the Ottoman empire is back on the scene, and claims – together with other actors – to call the shots on the doorsteps of a decaying banana republic. What goes around, comes around.
Well I do have good news for everybody, in Italy nobody takes politics seriously, everybody knows its a joke, and everybody knows that politicians are only there to get rich in Government. Nada any of the mythology that the USA people are fed is even discussed in Italy. All know that all politicians are rotten to the core.
The old joke in Italy has always been, have three sons.
1 goes to the church
2 goes to the government
3 goes to the mafia
I sill have lots of family in Italy, and I frequently ask “Is as it bad as they say?”, “What about the refugees”, and the response I always get is that things are the same as ever. I guess if you live on a beach where the North African refugees are landing you might see something, but most of hype is just that MSM manufactured.
Even Berlusconi, was loved and admired, the attitude is if your not over-sexed then your not a people person, your not getting rich, then your a poor politician who is out of his/her league.
IMHO much of Italy is just like Greece, nobody pay’s their taxes, most stuff is just barter, I grow grapes and trade my wine for Prosciutto life is good. Trade wine for bread too and your set.
The politicians in Italy make Trump look like an amateur moron, in fact if Trump was in Italy he would be actually respected for his lack of narcissism.
Didn’t some Italian judge let a crook off with the justification that “In Italy corruption is the national equivalent of the Protestant work ethic.”? However the thing I do like about the Italians is that they are sufficiently creative in their corruption to not take the Roman Catholic Religion seriously. Just another show! This in contrast to the Spaniards who tie themselves into hopeless knots by actually taking Catholicism seriously, with an intensity that puts them to international shame.
Real religion is about loving your neighbor.. i suppose the american protestants do better ! LOL
They ‘do’ the neighbours wife ala Whinerstien, (what’s good for master); protestants, being the labour end of Zionism.
btw, whinerstien (if you seen pics of him leaving court) should get an award for Best Dipiction of a Cripple by an Able Bodied Person.
Gah, Trump is not an amateur moron – he’s a professional!
Thanks for this postfataresurgo.
A cogent and very engaging pen portrait of Italian politics. Very interesting read for one (like me) who’s not too clued up on what’s happening in Italy.
I have often wondered why Europe does nothing in the face of Washington’s bullying and in the face of Washington’s epically incompetent foreign policy.
I had always thought that the elites in Europe are simply getting too much money to turn down. Put another way, who cares about refugees overrunning Europe when you can retreat to private villas?
Perhaps, there is more to it. Perhaps they know better than to object.
I expect that they have been generously entertained by such hosts as Marc Dutroux and Jeffery Epstein.
Why ? because Europeans are drunk on wine a lot of the time.
America is the Number One Mafia of the World, right up there with Israel.
“Post fata resurgo”… num ante fata jacebas?…, de quibus enim fatis fando? Nam disertius de rebus publicis bananarum dicis,… quare non ullam lineam de litteris tuis praebes lectoribus opinionem ferens? Quod non apud solum te reperitur, cum hoc situ tum amplius aliis.
“After the death rise” … whether the fate of jacebas …, which is fated conversation? For more eloquently of the public affairs are in bananas say is true, why do you not can any straight … the opinion of the readers of the letter that you are providing bearing the sacrifice? That only you were to be found not only with the fact that, when this is no longer the situation as well as to others.
This Google translate is a total falsification. Not the first time. No cultured enough people staffing the site? Or enough commited to the truth?
I’m honestly shocked about Salvinis support for the adventurism. Not very based and sovereignist to me.
Did Marine Le Pen say anything about it?
Also, interesting how nearly everywhere nearly all anti-globohomo parties present themselves as leftists, while thr right wing are the neoliberal globohomo supporters, except in Europe and other white countries, where it’s the opposite. Truly shows that the left-right meme is over.
Trovo imbarazzante leggere un articolo ,scritto da una persona che seguo giornalmente e apprezzo,pubblicato con una leggerezza e visione molto USA (frivolo nella sua analisi).Il movimento 5 stelle aveva un ottimo programma ma si è dovuto piegare ai voleri degli stessi che hanno ucciso Mattei,Moro;alle stesse organizzazioni che hanno compiuto le stragi di Piazza Fontana a Milano,alla stazione di Bologna.A quelle stesse organizzazioni che hanno creato Gladio,che hanno appoggiato e fiancheggiato le potenti mafie di questo stato che lei,caro Saker, definisce una repubblica delle banane. Chiunque tenti di sforzarsi per il bene di questo paese viene ostracizzato e molto probabilmente minacciato.Luigi di Maio è un trentenne,a suo tempo l’unico politico che si oppose in ambito europeo alle sanzioni al Venezuela,ed avendo molto da vivere di fronte a sé,non vuole fare la fine di Moro o di Mattei.Ci sono come lei bene dice più di cento basi americane in Italia,pensa che se ne andrebbero se gli venisse chiesto di sloggiare?In quanto al commento di Sly, non viviamo barattandoci i beni e non certamente di pane vino e prosciutto,e quelle stupide barzellette su chiesa governo e mafia lo deliniano come il classico americano ignorante che pensa che in paesi con una coltura diversa dalla sua,la gente giri ancora in groppa all’ asino.
I find it embarrassing to read an article, written by a person that I follow and appreciate daily, published with a very USA lightness and vision (frivolous in his analysis). The 5-star movement had an excellent program but had to bend to the wishes of the same who have killed Mattei, Moro; to the same organizations that carried out the massacres of Piazza Fontana in Milan, at the Bologna station, to those same organizations that created Gladio, who supported and flanked the powerful mafias of this state that you, dear Saker, defines a republic of bananas. Anyone who tries to strive for the good of this country is ostracized and most likely threatened. Luigi di Maio is a thirty year old, at the time the only politician who opposed European sanctions against Venezuela, and having a lot to live in front of herself, she doesn’t want to end up like Moro or Mattei. There are as you well say more than a hundred American bases in Italy, do you think they would leave if asked to move out? As for Sly’s comment, we don’t live by trading goods and certainly not bread, wine and ham, and those stupid jokes about church government and mafia delineate him as the ignorant American classic who thinks that in countries with a culture different from his own, people still ride on donkeys.
Well my family lives in Tuscany ( communist part of Italy ), I don’t know where you from, maybe Milano, or Rome, or Sicily? Where people don’t make jokes about the mob
In my family its common knowledge, that if you want to get ahead&stay ahead, you send the kids to the church, gov, and mob. In fact just about everybody knows this,
I can only fathom why somebody would think this is a ‘joke’ is because of some new kind of political correctness, where reality has been disenfranchised. We all would like to wish things to be some way they are not, but often we have to deal with ‘what-is’
p.s. we don’t even sell stuff, just take grapes&olives to the co-op, and then later with accumulated credit get wine&olive-oil back
L’articolo non è brutto in quanto sintesi, ma altrimenti hai perfettamente ragione, Alessandro. Anche per quanto riguarda il livello intellettuale dei commenti.
Mod- google translation…
The article is not bad as a summary, but otherwise you are absolutely right, Alessandro. Also regarding the intellectual level of the comments.
su non prendertela. Finche’ non vi ribellerete la gente parlera di voi cosi.
Trans: Do not take it too hard, until you rebel people will talk like that about you.
A masterful essay. Did you ever see that Fassbinder film that did a riff on Aldo Moro and the crap going on in the seventies in Germany [Die Dritte Generation]?
We must never forget that Italy was the Roman Empire once. And that the current empire means never having to say you’re sorry, or that you’re glad to be glad to be Gladio. Please write more, your perspective is a great fit for this site.
That’s an important point that people in the US miss.
In Greece nobody cares about ruling the world, “Already been there already done that”
Ditto for Italy
it’s only when you get to the new country’s like USA 200+ years old, or Israel ~70 years old do you see people trying to rule the earth.
Once you have done it, you know that you really missed out a lot in life.
Except perhaps history is almost entirely false. In the 1771 Encyclopædia Britannica Tartaria is a major world empire/state in Siberia and the western U.S. All of our “ancient” manuscripts are copies of copies of… if originals actually ever existed at all starting with Poggio Bracciolini who discovered quite a few manuscripts in 1416, as well as the “discovery” of the Plato’s works circa 1438 (unrelated to Bracciolini).
Around 1811 there were numerous earthquakes, eighteen-hundred-and-froze-to-death, and almost every nation at war or having an internal uprising. Then two people invented different photographic processes (the latter of the two developing a worse process later but getting the credit) in the mid-late-1830s. Soon afterward the U.S. finally started to get serious burning coal and a few people around the world realized one could make fuel from petroleum and the industrial revolution really took off.
Never mind hominids have been on this Earth for millions of years and I am pretty sure the oldest AMH fossils is something like 230,000 years old if not more. Even if Leif Ekblad is right about his Neanderthal Theory and that hybridization was required (people behaviorally H.s.n invent and H.s.s. spread) for modern civilization, why did it take after over 40,000 years after hybridization?
People on Jewtube and various web sites (probably two of the best being stolenhistory.org and chronologia.org) are starting to ask questions. This is not to say I believe giants existed and was the reason for tall ceilings, large doors, and windows. Sometimes the official narratives still make more sense to me. However, there is a suspicious chain of events that looks too convenient — as if real history is being hidden.
When I searched for an answer to why Christ Jesus would slam Naples, Italy with a hailstorm of such force it led me to the author Roberto Saviano and his book Gomorrah which details the incredible crimes and control of the mafia of that same city.
Then when Pescara, Italy was visited upon by God it has stopped me to ask many questions about what exactly does God know and see about Italy and here now for ones reading pleasure an answer!!!!!!!
Thank you very much postfataresurgo
This essay was useful to me in making some sense about how the Empire controls a minor state in the EU. And why.
By coincidence I was thinking about Italy this morning, and agree with both Allessandro and Farmer (above). The tone of the article is flippantly Yankee, a howl of despair from a beaten dog. Rome after unsuccessfully attempting to rule the world did not “commit suicide” (a la Toynbee) it went back to being Italy. Italians did not stop farming and building and believing and producing fine things just because the political class no longer wore the toga. Christianity is a much more serious aim than merely “getting ahead” or ruling the world. But I thank the author for confirming that Mattei (a hero of my youth) was assassinated by the AZC just like Hammersjoeld and Lumumba were (heroes of his time who worked for humanity rather than for the 20th century’s Anglo Zionazi Capitalist Empire).
Paul Keating was right all along. He warned back in 1990 that Australia would become a ‘Banana Republic’, just before he implemented the ‘Recession we had to have’ and of course then floating the Australian Dollar so as to permit the ‘Multinationals’ to reduce the Aussie dollar to below 50cents US so that the Internationalists could buy everything and anything of value. Why, we have even been threatened with the sale of ‘The Great Barrier Reef’, but who would buy it , I cannot think!
Just as it is in Italy, Australian politics is a joke, and our pollies all say, “Yes sir, no sir, how high sir” when the mighty God, the US speaks.
And our exports now, with the exception of mineral ore to China has become the smoke of bushfires burning half of the continent, due to the fact that proper maintenance and cleaning of our ‘National Parks has been forbidden by law for about 40 years, which is blamed on ‘The Greenies’ but the false ideology is pushed by everybody with brown-noses vying to gain recognition of the US/Is/nazi who wish to tax us even more.
And then Cardinal Pell is not only tried, but found guilty on the evidence of a single police snitch, but of a deed that not only did not occur, but could not have occurred.
Ah yes, Australia is also a ‘Banana Republic’ and in case you wonder as to why Mulga Mumblebrain doesn’t refute this comment it is because in all deference to the film, Mulga sleeps with the wombats, (Wombats sleep underground)
When I read the title of the article, i thought it was going to about how US foreign policy is made in Israel and City of London. Surprised to find out it was about Italy. Sad how US kills any decent Italian politician. The misery caused by US Empire much more than Choamsky has calculated.
Having had my own distinct pleasure to live 28 years in Germany and to serve in the German army, I can very much relate to the description of a country almost in name only. You think your government is incompetent? Wait till you familiarize yourself with a ex- gynecologist, who turns everything to s* her obedient hands touch. If it hadn’t been for local SMEs in Germany, the whole country would have gone a long time ago – they must have a standard to compete and that’s one of the last legs this nation stands on. The cred it once got because of the wars has prolonged the existence of the nation for a time while this absurdity still worked on foreign minds. Now I feel like Germany is a big bazaar with most fools trying to sell s* in the service economy, anxious of the Chinese racing long past them and American consuls ordering them so commit harakiri.
Wow!!! Superb article. Being Lombardia the homeland of my ancestors, this tragic zioinvasion touches me.
I didn’t know about this thread of events! If those heroes were sacrificed, it means that the usual ziomonsters have infested the country with masonic stooges. Heroes and defenders are formed and converted all the time, and if they are not reaching significant positions in the government, it simply means that a powerful mafia has taken over, suppressing and murdering any nationalist rival. So Italy is controlled by the Khazarian mafia. I suspect that this was the real motive for the mason Garibaldi to unite Italy: so the former independent ministates could not resist the death grip exerted by the masonic traitors.
Same demolition process has been applied in modern Spain. eladiofernandez.wordpress.com/ tells us about that all the time.
Another italian journalist who tells us the reality of the demolition of Italy is Manlio Dinucci from voltairenet.org. You will read about that in voltairenet.org
Operation Gladio: CIA Network of “Stay Behind” Secret Armies
The “Sacrifice” of Aldo Moro
The Red Brigades
Maybe Di Maio is non the best we can have as Foreign Minister, but it’s since Berlusconi’s governments that Italy shows a pityful political class.
The autor of the post is also right when he says that USA governments forced brutally their will into the italian political history starting by the first days of the Italian Republic. Commies must not gain power in Italy at any cost, so mafia and old fascists and former Mussolini’s supporters were used to assassinate trade unionist, politics and to commit terrosist act against the italian people (70s history is scattered with tragic act of terrorism against civil structures by fascist hands that led to CIA involvement).
But it’s hard to believe such a simplistic statement:
“Bettino Craxi, who was then rewarded for his act of bravery with a forced exile in Tunisia when in the early 90’s a well orchestrated judiciary coup commonly known as Mani Pulite brought an entire political generation to its knees and with that the end of Italy’s Prima Repubblica.”.
“Judiciary coup” it’s a quite funny explanation of a very complex judicial story started in Italy in 1991. Italian courts proved that italian political leaders created a deep bribery system aimed to get lot of money (40 billions lire , about 20 millions euro went in the pokets of Mr. Bettino Craxi) to the parties and to the politics themselves by giving jobs and career in public administration to friends just to give big tenders to controlled company. And Craxi and his party mastered this scheme.
Maybe Craxi “worked in the best interest of his country”, but in the meantime he worked for his wallet, for his swiss based bank accounts, and never payed for it. There is a big difference between “exile” and “fugitive”.
Reading comments about mafia, grapes and prosciutto is just fun (I was expecting something about pizza, spaghetti and mandolino, but i was disappointed).
During my writing, Alberto has posted an excellent reply.
So I can only add the following:
As Alberto does, I disagree strongly with «the early 90’s a well orchestrated judiciary coup commonly known as Mani Pulite brought an entire political generation to its knees and with that the end of Italy’s Prima Repubblica.»
That «entire political generation» was corrupted to the core, and above all represented by Giulio Andreotti, convicted for his ties to Cosa Nostra, and NEVER absolved (contrary to fake news and Wikipedia).
The honest Aldo Moro (killed by mafia/Gladio/CIA) has nothing to do with the corrupted Bettino Craxi, the later a good friend of magnat Berlusconi, by the way.
The pool Mani Pulite had good support by the anti-mafia campagn in Palermo, by Gian Carlo Casell, the most successful mafiahunter, following martyrs Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino. Two days before Falcone was killed, Borsellino told french journalist Fabrizio Calvi (a.k.a. ) about the links between Berlusconi and convicted mafia boss Vittorio Mangano. Borsellino payed with his life two months later.
The next political generation, which was no different from the politicians of the Prima Repubblica, shut down BOTH Mani Pulite and the anti-mafia campaign. And Berlusconi was persecuted both by the anti-mafia campaign and by Mani Pulite.
Berlusconi seems to owe most of his fortune to business with Cosa Nostra, (whitewashing of drug money) see the process against Marcello Dell Utri (L’amcio degli amici).
The beloved Berlusconi was member of the P2-lodge of fascist Licio Gelli (the Gladio-link).
If Berlusconi was popular, it is due to his controlling the public opinion by his TV-network and perhaps his colorful public figure.
His friendship with Libya was hardly any deeper than that of Nicolas Sarkozy.
The Prima Repubblica was a banana republic par exellence! If it looks better today, it is due to censored history and because ALL West-European countries meanwhile have become overtly wassals of the empire. One glaring example is Sweden, which use to have an independent foreign policy. Today it is a de facto NATO member and handmaiden of the Empire. It is some years since Olof Palme was shot and killed.
Peter Gomez, Marco Travaglio: L’amico degli amici BUR
Elio Veltri, Marco Travaglio: L’Odore dei soldi – Origini e misteri delle fortune di Silvio Berlusconi Editori Riuniti
Marco Travaglio Gianni Barbacetto, Peter Gomez: Mani pulite, la vera storia: Da Mario Chiesa a Silvio Berlusconi Editori Riuniti
Gian Carlo Caselli: Un magistrato fuori legge Melampo
Gian Carlo Caselli, Guido Lo Forte: La verità sul processo Andreotti Editori Laterza
Rita di Giovacchino Il libro nero della Prima Repubblica Fazi Editore
Would it be possible for current US Secretary of State Mike Pompous Maximus to run for Italian Prime Minister someday?
It would be a more open admission of Italy’s subordination to America.
This is an earlier pretty good article from The Saker, about Italy: see who was on the Britannia in ’92
Not only good, Luca, as it dismissed Mani Pulite as kind of US-regime change operation, which it was not. That was by the way also by postfataresurgo. He/she has obviously not cared to read the comments, because I commented what was wrong back then and still postfataresurgo persists in publishing these errors. Falsification of history is never good. When we fall for disinformation and somebody corrects us, we should do our homework and improve. Read La scomparsa dei fatti by Travaglio. The media and the political class of the banana republic stopped Mani Pulite and the anti-mafia campaign. As I said back then: Cosa Nostra was never national liberation movement…
I am not sure I agree with what you are trying to tell us. Yes, modifying the history does come back and bite you in the beehind. Cosa Nostra, now known as Mafia was created, here is the shocker, yes was created to “preserve and promote Greek heritage of Magna Graecia. Unfortunately, it was infiltrated by certain agents and redirected towards “Criminal Organization”. Keep in mind that even around 1920 “Magna Graecia” was known as either “Regna de Sicilia” or “Regna de Napoli”
Small map for the reference:
Here prof. Chadzigiannakis tells you about Greek Italy from prehistoric times (going back to pelasgic times)
yes even Etruscans and Illirians were Greeks (sorry it’s in Greek).
Small addition. Do not try to search for the meaning of “Cosa Nostra” as you will automatically be directed towards major conspiratorial BS, such as ugly label “Mafia” or “Sicilian Mafia”.
The word “Cosa” has the same meaning as English “Cause”.
As for the “Nostra”, the Romans had their famous “Mare Nostrum”, which meant “Our Sea”.
We conclude the search for the meaning of “Cosa Nostra” with “Our Cause” in English. Well, if you are lucky you might get that answer from Google dictionary if you search for Nostrum.
“Banana Republic,,,,,, definition can be applied to a country that whose sovereignty exists only on paper, being a de facto colony of a bigger power”
Oh!Oh! That means that the UK, Canada for sure, Australia -clearly, Europe -Germany/Netherlands anyway are all Banana Republics.
Yes, obviously Ukraine, various Central and South american countries under the hegemonic yoke, Imperial American Iraq -perhaps even New Zealand makes the cut?
Who did I forget?
Well Conjecture, you forgot the USA: they are also under a yoke
Its actually sad that the remnants of the greatest civilization the works has ever seen – Rome – has ended up like this so it is up to the Italians to get it together now and try and regain some unity of purpose. Perhaps if politiicians there re-envoked the name of Caesar, Augustus etc…it might help.
While Italy is an important country in world economy, is not a sovereign country economically & politically.
There are a lot social & economic problems that the population faces too, similar to what happens in Spain, Portugal & Greece. Unemployment & underemployment, increasing cost of living & stagnant wages etc
These problems predate the ongoing EUROZONE crisis
A lot of Italy’s economic woes are due to EU & euro membership & also integration into global economy.
Italy cannot act independently from EU & USA.
In order to revitalise the Italian economy, the country will need to steer away from EU & withdraw from EU.
Italy has huge potential. It is one of the most important countries in the world regarding its influence.
Culture, cinema, museums, History, Food, Fashion, tourism, and so many globally renowned brands & products created by Italian manufacturers.