#fuoridalleuro: Italy: Europe’s dying patient - The Spectator

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“The latest panic on global stock markets has reminded the world of the vulnerability of the euro, and this week pundits in the British press have been busy speculating about France’s possible collapse. Hardly anyone bothers to fret about Italy any more, even though last week its exchanges took the second biggest hit after Greece. Italy’s irreversible demise is a foregone conclusion. The country is just too much of a basket case even to think about.
Italy’s experience of the European monetary union has been particularly painful. The Italians sleepwalked into joining the euro with scarcely any serious debate, and were so keen to sign up that they accepted a throttlingly high exchange rate with the lira. The price of life’s essentials, such as cigarettes, coffee and wine, doubled overnight while wages remained static — though back then jobs were still easy to find and money easy to borrow. But when the great crash happened, Italy, as a prisoner of a monetary union without a political union, was unable to do anything much about it, and could not even resort to the traditional medicine of currency devaluation.

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When Italian women refuse to make babies, it is a clear sign of a terminally sick society.
Nicholas Farrell, The Spectator

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The questions that the judges asked Napolitano about the state-mafia negotiations #trattativa - Opinion poll

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A President of the Republic who has tapes of telephone conversations destroyed, conversations with a person under investigation for mafia crimes, namely Nicola Mancino, who refuses to answer questions from judges in public (and what is more public than the President of the Republic?) has never been seen before.
What’s Napolitano afraid of? In the eyes of the public, he could not be more discredited. Just his reaction is already an admission of guilt. Perhaps his re-election happened for this very reason: to place him in a really safe position. What’s certain is that in the future, we will find out all this. Too many people have been involved in the State-mafia negotiations for the truth not to come out, whatever the truth is.
Apart from the content of the telephone conversations, there’s something disturbing about Mancino’s repeated telephone calls. Mancino knew his telephone conversations were being intercepted. Persistently telephoning the the president at the Quirinal Palace as he did, was bound to get Napolitano into trouble and that is what then happened. But with the idea of "ubi maior minor cessat“ {something massive distracts attention from something smaller}, media attention then shifted completely to the President of the Republic rather than considering what Mancino had been responsible for. It has to be remembered that he saw Paolo Borsellino in his office at the Viminale Palace (at that time he was Minister for Internal Affairs). Present at that meeting was Bruno Contrada, who was subsequently sentenced to 10 years in prison after being definitively convicted for external complicity in mafia association. Borsellino was distraught when he left that office and according to a friend who was also a colleague he was smoking two cigarettes at the same time. After that, Mancino didn’t even remember having met up with him.
If there are no doubts about the kind of answers given by Napolitano to the judges, they will have been something like: "I wasn’t there. If I was there, I didn’t notice anything and given my age, I often nod off quite frequently", on the other hand, what is more interesting is to know what questions were asked by the judges. Give your thoughts in this opinion poll:

Look at the results.

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Draghi is just fattening up the banks

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"Do you remember the LTRO refinancing operations in 2011 when the banks received 1,000 billion from the ECB at interest rates close to 1% that they used to buy state bonds and then made loads of profit on BTP state bonds at 6% or 7% with zero risk? OK, during the summer, after nearly 6 years of crisis, record levels of unemployment, and near-zero inflation, the ECB woke up to the need to provide money to the real economy. After that, Draghi then announced the TLTRO - that extra “T” stands for “Targeted”, that is, it is destined to finance something in particular: the real economy.
On 3 July, the ECB made a triumphant announcement about these measures and it said the amount was about 1,000 billion, and it explained how the money was to be paid out. In a strong and sure voice, Draghi said: “the private banks that receive this money will be obliged to lend to the real economy”. While everyone was lavishing praise on the new operations and on the president of the ECB, our spokespersons were attentively examining the technical document implementing this measure. And unfortunately they discovered that there is nothing in the document to say the banks are actually obliged to lend money to the real economy.
The private banks will thus have the possibility of getting long term financing at an interest rate of 0.15% a year, for a minimum of two years, and with this money they can do what they want: speculate on state bonds, on derivatives, on the stock market and so on. On the various occasions when Draghi has appeared before the European Parliament, our spokespersons have asked many times for the matter to be clarified for the citizens, but whenever he gave an oral reply, the president always tried to avoid giving a direct answer, and on the most recent occasion, he said "I am acting in the interests of citizens and not for friends in the City and in Wall Street". As they got tired of this attitude, our young people in parliament put a direct question to the ECB, a question that required a written response. The response has arrived. Mario Draghi, the president, was under pressure and he wasn’t able to dance round the questions and he admitted that the banks could buy state bonds with this money and that in fact there is no firm obligation in relation to how the money is to be used. A few news media have reported the news, but they have failed to say that it was thanks to the M5S that the truth came out.
Now we are going to ask Draghi if he thinks it’s OK to go on lending money to the private banks at an interest rate of 0.15% to enrich the top managers and their shareholders while the citizens and the companies in difficulties have to go under, or put their trust in loan sharks or, if they are really lucky, pay much higher rates of interest. Will he have the courage to tell the truth? Until the next time.” M5S spokespersons in the European Parliament

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Passaparola: The State-Mafia negotiations, by Sabina Guzzanti

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Tomorrow Mafia Boss Totò Riina’s attorney will be able to question the Head of State and put certain questions to Napolitano as part of the trial relating to the State-Mafia dealings.
Today’s Passaparola is by Sabina Guzzanti, director of the film entitled ”La Trattativa” (Literally “The Negotiations”), a film that all Italians should go and see in one of the few cinemas that have agreed to show it before the film disappears from circulation in just a few days time. A film that should be shown in our schools and that, on the contrary, has not received a single cent of public or public funding
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Sabina Guzzanti’s Passaparola
These days everyone is talking about the fact the State President Napolitano is going to have to go and give his testimony to the Palermo Prosecutor in the trial regarding the negotiations and many people are asking themselves: "What on earth has Napolitano got to do with the negotiations?". In theory, Napolitano actually has bugger all to do with the negotiations as far as we are aware in the sense that Napolitano was never actually involved in those negotiations, except for the fact that he jumped in head-first against the Palermo prosecution, so much so that everyone immediately thought: "What the hell, a State President is supposed to be impartial and above all else should hope that we get to the truth". Instead, Napolitano made a major blue by putting pressure on the Court of Cassation and on National Public Prosecutor Grasso to help Nicola Mancino, who was then under investigation and is now the accused in the trial regarding the State-Mafia negotiations.
But above all, Napolitano is involved with the negotiations from a political perspective: what is one supposed to think? What was happening in those years? Italy was changing at that time. After 40 years in which the Christian Democrats were constantly at the helm of government and the same leaders were in power, finally, since the international balance of power was busy changing, the Tangentopoli scandal emerged. There was Falcone, who had brought the Cosa Nostra to its knees, negative public opinion was mounting, as was democracy. The Country was set to change.
All those like me who lived through that era were convinced that nothing would ever be the same again. Instead the massacres began and during those massacres there was also something else going on, namely the negotiations, perhaps followed by a political pact. But what do we actually know about that pact? Well, nothing, but we do know what the consequences were: how did Italy change from that moment onwards?
Within the MoVimento 5 Stelle it is often said ironically that the centre left and the centre right, the PDL and the PD without an L are in fact one and the same thing. Very true indeed! Before the massacres that was not the case.
Before there was a left wing party and a right wing party whereas instead, after the massacres, suddenly this right wing party emerged with characteristics that had never really been seen before in Italy and above all the opposition changed shape completely. From after the massacres the policies of the centre right and the centre left began to follow the same line regarding justice, information, participation, education and privatisation and from that moment on both those political forces remained the same, simply to make sure that no real change would ever again be possible.
Within the scope of this political discussion Napolitano emerged as someone who is in perfect harmony with this plan and indeed he was one of the precursors of this political plan. He was a member of the Communist Party and when, in ’84, Berlinguer said that the system needed to be changed because it would only have put great wealth in the hands of the few and misery into the lives of many, that it would make us unhappy, in other words an unviable system, Napolitano was plotting behind his back by talking to Craxi behind the scenes, all this while Berlinguer was being heckled at the Socialist Party congress. Napolitano plotted behind Berlinguer’s back to push the Communist Party to go in the direction that it eventually did.
All the main players in the negotiations, or rather those suspected of being the major players, from Violante to Amato, who were aware of what was going on (and here we’re talking about the entire Christian Democrat left wing that then became the PDS, DS, and finally the Democratic Party) then became the main players in the political transformation that involved the centre left above all. Before then the centre left had in fact been a totally different thing to what it became.
This is why it is so important to understand the facts regarding the negotiations. The Italians must know that the negotiations was not limited merely to concessions granted to the Cosa Nostra by the institutions in order to stop the massacres, not even maybe, but the fact that the massacres themselves were actually planned from within the institutions themselves and were used to obstruct the natural course of democracy. Not only, they also prevented this Country from evolving. It is thanks to that evil pact of which D’Ambrosio spoke prior to his death shortly after, and about which Napolitano is now being called upon to testify, that Italy is now paralysed, a failure in economic terms, run pretty much as a criminal organisation by a bunch of criminals and annihilated as a cultural entity. As a matter of fact, from that moment on Italy’s "dominant culture" has been one that looks exactly like that of the Mafia.
It is important that the facts about the negotiations be made known and discussed. In my case, I did my bit with a film made a few years ago, a film that was only released in the cinemas October, a film that will carry on notwithstanding all the difficulties encountered in its making and release in the cinemas, for all those who want to change this Country. Spread the word. Sabina Guzzanti

Watch the trailer of the film entitled "La Trattativa"

List of the Cinemas where you can go and view “La Trattativa”
Gravina - SIDION, Lecce - DB D'essai, Calimera - ELIO, Bologna - RIALTO, Ravenna -ASTORIA, F. Freddo - MACHERIONE, Palermo - AURORA, San Giovanni Gemini - VITTORIA, Milano - CENTRALE, Conegliano Veneto - MELIES, Riva del Garda - COMUNALE, Tesero - COMUNALE, Roma - 4 FONTANE, Montefiascone - FLAVIA, Torino - MASSIMO

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Direct streaming from Palermo: #SfiduciaDay no-confidence-day

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Today we are all in Palermo for the #SfiduciaDay!
The M5S spokespersons for the Region of Sicily have put forward a no-confidence motion against the governor Crocetta. Today in the streets, we are collecting the signatures of citizens that are together with us and want to demonstrate their lack of confidence in Crocetta and the parties, for a 5 Star Sicily!
You too can sign the online petition to demonstrate your lack of confidence in Rosario Crocetta. Let’s make our voices heard!
Here you’ll find all the information about the event
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Programme for the day
16 - Opening remarks - Francesco Cappello (Region of Sicily)
16.15 - Skitzomovimento (music)
16.45 - Nicola Morra (Senate)
17 - Ignazio Corrao (European Parliament)
17.15 - Patrizio Cinque - M5S mayor of Bagheria and Federico Piccitto - M5S mayor of Ragusa
17.30 - Bringantini (music)
18 - Riccardo Nuti and Alessio Villarosa (Lower House)
18.15 - Nunzia Catalfo and Maurizio Sant'Angelo (Senate)
18.30 - Alessandro Di Battista (Lower House)
18.45 - Giampiero Trizzino (Region of Sicily)
19 - Vallanzaska (music)
19.30 - Paola Taverna (Senate)
19.45 - Valentina Zafarana (Region of Sicily)
20 - Luigi Di Maio (Lower House)
20.15 - Giancarlo Cancelleri (Region of Sicily)
20.30 - Beppe Grillo
21.30 - Meganoidi (music)

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#Fuoridalleuro Get out of the euro to save the companies! - Opinion poll

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Who has paid the price for the euro and who has won out? The Italian companies have paid a very high price. Since 1997, when Italy adjusted the value of the lira to connect it to the ECU (a condition imposed on us so that we could come into the euro), Italian industrial production has gone down by 25%. In the same time period, Germany’s industrial production has increased by 26%. It as though all the industries of Central Italy have disappeared, to pop up again in Germany. Since the Euro came into being, Germany‘s positive balance of payments has the same value as the negative one of the peripheral countries like Spain, Italy, Greece, Portugal, Ireland, and Cyprus. In other words what’s happened, has been a net transfer of wealth from the periphery to the centre with a zero-sum game for the Euro-zone overall.
As well as the loss of wealth, there’s also been a loss of know-how in the companies, the loss of competitiveness: , of prestige and of skills. Basically our GDP has been in free fall. The industrial fabric has been devastated. The unemployment levels have gone through the roof. The workers are not getting specialist skills and they are receiving starvation wages.
Outside the euro with monetary sovereignty associated with the value of our economy, the Italian companies would have an advantage as regards exports and it would be cheaper to produce goods in Italy than produce them abroad. New activities would be developed. The corresponding supply chain would be created and new jobs would follow.
The collaborationists that allowed this disaster to happen, are the same people that still want Italy to keep its head inside the noose that is the euro. The blackmail that the Italian people are subject to is the reason why the “Troika” bureaucrats are kept in power. They don’t want to leave the euro because they want to hang on to their power.
In the first six months of 2014, in Italy 8,101 companies have gone bust, that’s 10% more than for the same period last year. On average, 63 companies have gone bust each day: more than two an hour. There’s no time to lose! Out of the euro to save the companies!

Opinion poll: Just one answer to each question


Look at the results.

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