EU states fold like cheap tents to US demands on Venezuela, Italy one of few to stay independent


07-02-19 07:34:00,

George Galloway

George Galloway was a member of the British Parliament for nearly 30 years. He presents TV and radio shows (including on RT). He is a film-maker, writer and a renowned orator.

As the former British prime minister Harold Macmillan would have put it, “It’s not one damned thing, it’s one damned thing after another.”

For the European Union, Italy has become that turbulent priest of whom they wish they could be rid, the fly in the ointment, the spanner in the works of neo-liberalism and war. If this is what they mean by “populism,” it’s little wonder that all roads increasingly lead to Rome.

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There were sanctions on Russia, the flow of refugees from wars declared and waged by others, austerity budgets, and now the comic-opera farce of the recognition of Super-Bowl winner Juan Guaido as president of Venezuela. He didn’t really win the Super Bowl of course; in fact he didn’t even take part. But then he didn’t take part in the internationally recognized presidential election in Venezuela either. On all these matters, Italy has resisted alignment with both Brussels and Washington, and has become probably the most independent country left in Europe.

The anti-establishment Five Star Movement and the Lega (formerly the Lega Nord, or ‘Northern League’) seemed strange bedfellows when they took power in Italy – could a left-wing, grass-roots movement really co-exist in government with a right-wing League?

So far so good. Neither believes that endless confrontation with Russia is in Italy’s best interests, and so their government has been increasingly reluctant to sign up to successive waves of anti-Russian sanctions.

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Despite liberal howls in countries far enough away from the endless flow of refugees fleeing war, famine, pestilence and disease in Africa, the Balkans, and the Middle-East; Italy has point-blank refused to be left holding the babies. They didn’t lead the attack on Libya – that was overwhelmingly an Anglo-French affair – so why should they pay most of the price of the human misery which has resulted?

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