The Left in Italy and the Lisbon treaty: a‘political’ Europe, a ‘social’ Europe and an ‘economic’ Europe

Quaglia, Lucia (2009) The Left in Italy and the Lisbon treaty: a‘political’ Europe, a ‘social’ Europe and an ‘economic’ Europe. Bulletin of Italian Politics, 1 (1). pp. 69-86. ISSN 1759-3077

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Abstract

This article examines the attitudes of the parties on the left in Italy to moves towards European integration from the Convention on the Future of Europe in 2002-03 to the Lisbon Treaty in 2007. The analysis is contextualised by taking an historical perspective. It is argued that the parties of the left are strongly in favour of a ‘political’ and ‘social’ Europe, whereas the far left is concerned about an‘economic’ Europe, depicted as a neo-liberal project that is being pursued at the expense of a social Europe. The parties of the right are by and large in favour of an economic Europe, but are lukewarm towards a political Europe. Centrist parties have a positive view of Europe on the whole, though they are particularly sensitive whenever ‘Europe’ touches upon matters related to Christianity. Yet, as evidenced during the Lisbon Treaty negotiations, none of the political parties seem to pay more than limited attention to the activities of the European Union.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Depositing User: Lucia Quaglia
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:08
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2012 09:04
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/19358
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