UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — On the eve of the European elections, Matteo Bianchi, an Italian League deputy, told Sputnik about his vision of EU politics after the elections. He believes that, at present, the European Union does not have a foreign policy capable of representing the interests of all the Member States.
Matteo Bianchi, member of the House, member of the XIV Committee on Community Policies and the Italian parliamentary delegation to NATO, told Sputnik what he expected of the European Union ‘s policy after the European elections.
The MEP hopes that the ballot will yield interesting results for all the forces calling for a change in the continuity of governance in the European Union and its Member States.
“We believe that the EU is a highly bureaucratic body that does not respect the peoples of Europe , because the legislative process starts from above, from the glass palaces of Brussels, trying to erase those differences that made the Great Europe. Europe is different, there are Finland and Portugal, France and Greece. It can only look to the future if it changes the current approach, involving the territories in the decision-making process of the European institutions, opting for a totally European approach that goes from the bottom to the top,” he said.
“At present, the European Union does not have a foreign policy that could represent the interests of all Member States,” he added, adding that this has led to major international crises, such as the Arab Spring or of Ukraine.
According to him, Europe has not been able to express its position of authority. With this emptiness of authority, the most politically and economically influential states, especially Germany , tend to prevail over other European states that may have different interests, while the European Union should try to find common positions in the interest of all Member States.
Mr Bianchi deplored the fact that the EU blames certain European countries that are not loyal, including Italy , for their deficit-to-GDP ratio and that at the same time it allocates billions of euros to doubtful programs, particularly in Ukraine, without even ask how to use this money.
“It is not possible to use double standards simply because there are interests at stake, certainly of a geopolitical nature … while the interests of certain peoples who suffer from the so-called austerity policy are not taken into account at all, “says the Italian deputy.
Returning to Ukraine, Matteo Bianchi expressed the hope that, given the lack of independence in decision-making and political foresight of the EU, Italy could play a role of intermediary and help to appease the tensions that still persist in the Donbass.
“A settlement of the Donbass conflict that has been triggered by the geopolitical mistakes of the past is in the interest of all parties,” he said.
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