#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!

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The South of Italy has been forgotten while the euro has existed #fuoridalleuro

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“The South of Italy is suffering the effects of unemployment at an average of 19.7% and youth unemployment at more than 50%, while the process of de-industrialisation is getting worse and as ever, the best brains are obliged to emigrate to get recognition for their abilities, if all goes well. Since 2007 the GDP of the South of Italy has gone down by 47.7 billion euro; the number of companies has fallen by 32 thousand; more than 600 thousand jobs have been lost; and 114 thousand people are supported by the temporary redundancy fund. Since January, companies have closed down at a rate of 573 a day; the number of bankruptcies has grown by 5.7% in relation to the first 6 months of 2013 and in the South, the difference between the number of start-up companies and the number closing down is minus 14 thousand.
The Italian State should have the moral and constitutional duty to prioritise the development of geographic areas that are lagging behind or suffering from underdevelopment, but because it’s involved in European treaties and absurd constraints associated with the single currency, it has to thin out its accounts and reduce its spending, even without having clear guidance on how to do that. The famous straight cuts brought in by Monti are now being put forward once more by Renzi who was shouting so loudly about his hostility to Austerity-Europe during the election campaign, but is now faithfully respecting every dot and comma. Meanwhile the South is perishing. Each day in these conditions is an extra obstacle on the road to a possible future recovery for the South of Italy. To lose jobs, graduates, and skilled workers, means getting on a vicious circle of underdevelopment that makes the problems become critical and weaves the problems into the economic structure and thus multiplies the traditional disadvantages of the South. This vicious circle needs breaking as soon as possible, but it will certainly not be Renzi that does it. In fact, quite the opposite, the massacre of the South is galloping along at a terrible speed.
In the Sblocca-Italia {Unblock Italy law}, for example, there is no additional funding for the Naples-Bari railway line while more than 29 other projects are getting financed with about 3.8 billion euro of new funding.

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Fidelity to the PD comes before the people of Sicily! For this reason and for so many other reasons, the M5S will come together against Crocetta for #SfiduciaDay {no confidence day}, on 26 October in Palermo, when the citizens themselves will be able to sign a petition to get rid of the Governor.
The South of Italy was already lagging behind the North. Since the explosion of the crisis in 2008, the difficulties of the South of Italy have increased even more. Added to that are the problems of the North of Italy and the State budget that has suffered from counter-productive cuts. As stated by the Neapolitan economist Emiliano Brancaccio, by staying in the euro and its unsustainable treaties, there’s the risk of “the “mezzogiornification” of Southern Europe”. We need to leave the euro, we need to claim back our economic and monetary sovereignty and we need to bring together the South and the North of Italy with urgent measures of solidarity and of economic development. Only a State that is independent of external powers, can do that. Get out of the euro even for the South of Italy!" M5S Senate

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#Fuoridalleuro: how much is the euro costing us?

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When people speak about a return to monetary sovereignty, of having a currency under the control of the Italian State and not of foreign banking entities, often people are saying "And after that? Then what happens?". They’ve got used to the euro and they have more trust in the financial killers , in the loan sharks living next door, in this case represented by the financial institutions of European countries that have bought our public bonds in the last few years (of which at least 30% are in foreign hands), than in any Italian government. And you have to understand them when you think of the governments that we’ve had... However, the same doubting people are not asking the opposite question "How much is it costing us to stay in the euro?" An initial response would be to point to the interest payments on the debt public that are growing year by year - and in July reached a record high of 2,168 billion euro!! . With the money issued by the Italian State, via the Bank of Italy, that would become the lender of last resort as it was before the entry into the EMS, the interest to be paid on the basis of the primary surplus would allow the rates to stay under control and certainly to lead us out of the panic about the “spread” that we are exposed to today at very regular intervals. It’s better for the private banks to kill the debtor than to renegotiate. However, Italy, the debtor, has other interests. Italy has a primary surplus of about 40 billion before paying the interest on the debt. "How much is it costing us to stay in the euro?". Anyway it’s too much and there’s no point.

FURTHER READING:
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Monetary sovereignty or default!

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#Fuoridalleuro: Out of the euro - Either monetary sovereignty or default

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The interest payments on the public debt are killing the country and pulling the welfare state to pieces. Every year the interest payments on the public debt are going to increase and will amount to 100 billion by 2015. In 2011 the State paid 78 billion to finance its debt. In 2012, the figure was 89 billion, in 2013 it went up to 95 billion and in 2015 it’s expected to be 99.8 billion. In the last 30 years, Italy has paid out 3,100 billion in interest payments on the debt. That’s a massive amount!
The billions that the State has to set aside for interest payments on the debt means there’s less money for basic services for the citizens: pensions, health care, welfare payments, education, and resources for SMEs. With the euro, the public debt can only continue to grow bigger and the interest payments will increase until the point when the Italian welfare state will have been completely dismantled and become an empty shell. A body sucked dry by the ECB.
The public debt needs to be re-badged in a new currency that is associated with the value of our economy. That way, we’d pay less interest on the debt. Then the State would once more be able to use its primary surplus (minus the interest payments on the debt) to finance welfare and activities. With Italy out of the euro, Italian SMEs will once more become competitive and more people will be employed and anyway foreign investors will finance our debt. That debt will be sustainable and we’ll be able to honour it. Outside the euro there is salvation, but time has run out. Let’s take back our monetary sovereignty and let’s get out of this nightmare of collapse by default. So that we don’t end up like Greece. Outside the euro or default. There are no other alternatives.



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Passaparola - Earth Overshoot Day - How many Italies are we consuming, by Mathis Wackernagel



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Earth Overshoot Day was on the 22nd August, the date on which humanity exhausted its ecological budget for one year.
Earth Overshoot Day is the day on which, according to the Global Footprint Network’s estimates, man’s requirement of resources exceeded the planet’s ability to regenerate: in just a little over eight months we used up all the resources available so, from the 22nd August through to the end of the year, we will be using more resources than we can afford, thereby putting ourselves in debt to this planet. Beppe Grillo


Mathis Wackernagel’s Passaparola,
Good day, my name is Mathis Wackernagel and I am president of the Global Footprint Network. We are working on a global scale and asking ourselves the following question: “How much nature do we have and how many times over are we utilising it?.
We can say that globally we have around 1.8, or rather in truth this year only about 1.7 environmentally productive hectares per person, that is grazing land, cultivated fields, wetlands, forests and productive seas where there are lots of fish, and if we add all of these together we get to a figure of around 1.8 hectares per person so we can ask ourselves the question “How much surface area do I need to grow enough cotton?” ” “How much surface area do I need to produce my milk?” “How much surface area do I need in order to absorb my CO2?” These are all questions that raise the issue of the battle for surface area because life itself is a battle for surface area. In Italy you have around 1.2 global hectares per business activity and you are currently using four times that amount. You are therefore using a surface area that is equivalent to four times Italy and if everyone in the world lived like the Italians, on average we would need to have three planets. It is also quite possible that we are actually underestimating the situation; with this data in hand, what we can say is that humanity requires about 50% more than what this planet is able to renew. In other words, it takes around 18 months for the planet to renew what we consume in one year. In 2014 the cut-off date was around 22 August: we have pointed out that Overshoot Day does not occur on a precise date. As occurs with money, it is indeed possible to spend more than you have for a certain period of time: The forests, for example, can be utilised excessively for a limited period of time. Fish resources decline far more quickly. CO2 can accumulate for a fairly lengthy period of time but this has a long term effect. In numerous places around the world, the availability of drinking water is constantly declining, which impacts on agriculture. At this time I’m talking about California we are currently experiencing a drought and the first water resources to be shut down are those required for agriculture because they are less profitable in terms of water, however, because California has much more money that say Bangladesh, we are able to buy food on the international markets. The reality however is that agricultural production without sufficient water much lower. As a result, we can increase or decrease purchasing power and we can adjust the demand, but in the final analysis, if we use more than what is available, even in the medium term we will feel the effects. When we as the Global Footprint Network look at the Euro crisis that has been going on since 2008, it is difficult not make the connection with the resources situation. The so-called PIGS countries, in other words Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain, have received preferential loans from the European Union to build their infrastructure, but infrastructure requires more resources with which to run: airports, new hotels, even new roads. Traffic increases, demanding more resources, so these countries have increased their vulnerability by accepting these preferential loans without being able to maintain financial productivity and balance their budgets: worldwide, 85% of the population lives in countries that consume more resources than what their ecosystems can regenerate so we have an increasing number of countries with an ecological deficit.


Fig. Changes in the Earth’s bio capacity from 1960 to today.
The Global Footprint Network

Some of these are high income countries like Switzerland, but there are also others such as China and India, which have much lower individual consumption levels but are nevertheless facing a deficit in purchasing power. Therefore, for 71% of the world’s population the situation is already fairly complex; resources are not sufficient, as is the contractual power that enables easy access to extra resources from other countries, or the competition for these resources is becoming increasingly intense, thereby complicating things. Competition is becoming increasingly fierce, meaning that what is becoming really important is the ability to negotiate successfully to gain access to the available resources. From 1980 to today, the slice of the global cake that Swiss citizens have brought home has halved because economic expansion has taken place more rapidly in other areas of the world, the population has increate and therefore the Swiss have seen their negotiating power halved compared to that of the rest of the world. Switzerland is set to see their situation become even more complicated: even though the country may be able to shield itself in the short term, structurally it is walking a path that will make it fairly difficult to ensure long term economic success: Right now, in October 2014, we are seeing a drop in the oil price and it would be easy to think “ Wow, that must mean that there is oil aplenty”, however, the interesting thing is that the majority of the OPEC countries will be unable to meet their budget targets if the oil price is less than $100 a barrel. But what does that mean? Since they are extremely dependent on these revenues, they continue to pump more oil even though the price is low because they need the money: in many sectors of our economy we are seeing a veritable liquidation. In order to create revenues, I have to sell my resources as quickly as possible, so we sell off our silverware, we sell off our furniture, we even sell off grandma’s clothing! It is definitely true that farmers are not well paid. At this moment in time, resources are not particularly profitable, however, without farms and food it would be extremely difficult for us to stay alive. I’m not saying that there is not going to be any food, but there is definitely going to be less food for everyone and the restrictions are going to be more intense and conflicts are going to increase: is the fact that Italy consumes four times more than what it has available in its ecosystems a decisive factor? Above all else, Italy has to address the demand and understand what truly counts: having a stable economy? Guaranteeing employment? Having a prosperous society? How many Italies should the country consume? Italy is at the forefront in numerous areas in order to achieve these results. If you compare the Italian towns, the classical towns, and I think that perhaps Siena is a prime example in that the town has banned vehicles from the town centre, the town is compact and it is relatively easy to get anywhere in town by foot, so if you compare Siena with towns such as Houston in America, or with Dallas, or with any other huge spread out town, if you take a person from Houston to Siena without providing them with any instructions, that person will automatically consume three to four times fewer resources, probably be much happier, lose weight and be far healthier. There are thus many ways in which we can address these issues, which I believe are extremely important.
I will stop here although I could carry on ad infinitum because I am truly passionate about these issues.
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Ebola in Rome?

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"The Ebola Virus epidemic, the most virulent ever recorded, is now frightening every country in the world, including the United States. And yet the evidence of what was about to happen was clear: already in April 2014, members of our Health Committee looked at the issues and they understood the dangers of the Ebola Virus and the potential epidemic that was unfolding. The World Health Organization thought that it would have run its course in a few months with a few hundred deaths. But instead, we are in October 2014 with 4500 deaths and 9000 new cases of people infected and estimates are suggesting that by December there will be 10,000 people infected each week.
In the United States, there are already people who have been infected and in Europe it seems inevitable that there will be other cases after those in Spain and Germany. And meanwhile the Italian government is moving very slowly, following behind the other states as regards emergency protocols, but without bringing in exceptional measures or taking any initiative to try to prevent a possible disaster. Minister Lorenzin, spoke to the Senate and said that we can just wait and hope and trust that the protocols are respected and that nothing goes awry if it happens that Italian people get infected.
It’s a shame that right now we are getting worrying news from the Spallanzani hospital in Rome, one of the two Italian centres selected to handle any possible Ebola emergency. There are serious gaps in the readiness of personnel - who have not done any preparatory drills for years - and there’s also not enough protective equipment.
The 5 Star MoVement, on the other hand, is taking action: after the news that the virus could be contagious even in the incubation period (something that would make all the protocols useless), we have decided to organise a meeting with the people in charge at the IRBM research centre in Pomezia, the world leaders in the search for a possible vaccine that is undergoing development and testing. Why is the Government, not using its privileged position to try and start discussions with the directors of Glaxo (that owns the patent) to at least get an exclusive deal or at least an understanding with its operators? While all countries have a heightened awareness, why is it that our media are not giving clear news bulletins and why is it that there is no provision of straight forward information about the Ebola virus for our citizens? Because of its geographic position, Italy is one of the countries most at risk from Ebola. After months spent underplaying the problem, we can wait no more: we have to act now".
M5S Senate

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