Italy, like Ireland and Denmark, has been an inspiration to those of us who dread the implementation of the Treaty of Lisbon. The Berlusconi government, by imposing draconian restrictions on immigration and cracking down on the illegals, seemed to be presenting an example of resistance to the Multiculturalism imposed by the European Union.
However, the most recent news is that Italy won’t go ahead with its anti-immigration policies until it can clear them with the EU. According to ANSA :
Italy to consult EC on immigration
Govt to wait for ok on modifications to foreigners’ rights
(ANSA) — Rome, August 1 — Interior Minister Roberto Maroni said Friday that the cabinet has decided to send the text of three new immigration measures to the European Commission (EC) for ‘‘suggestions’’ before final approval. Maroni admitted that sending the text to the EC was ‘‘slightly unusual’’, but said that the step had been agreed with shadow interior minister Marco Minniti of the Democratic Party in light of the ‘‘delicate issues’’ involved.
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Italy has come under fire from some European bodies in recent months over new emergency security measures involving immigrants, raising particular concern with the European Parliament and the Council of Europe over a census of gypsy camps in the country.
‘‘Today’s decision gives the lie to everyone who has talked about splits and friction between our government and the EC,’’ said European Union Affairs Minister Andrea Ronchi.
So, unlike Denmark, Italy has decided to be a good child and do whatever Papa Europe says.
But the important question is this: what will the Berlusconi government do if the EC says “no”?
Will it reverse course, undoing the mandate of the voters and turning its back on the policies it was elected to execute?
This one will be interesting to watch.
Hat tip: Insubria.