The Good European: Italy at the Heart of Europe and Europe at the Heart of Italy

Friday, July 14, 2017
WMP Yudowitz Seminar Room 1 (University of Glasgow)
Vincent Della Sala , University of Trento
There are at least two related narratives that have dominated discussion in Italy about Europe in the post-war period:  Italy at the centre of Europe, both as a founding member but also as one of the “Big Four” member states alongside Germany, France, and the United Kingdom and Europe at the centre of Italy; European integration as part of the process of modernization of Italian political, social, and economic life. They are variations of the theme of Italy as a “good European”, which claims that Italy has remained faithful to the values and aims of the EU’s founders even if other member states have not.