During these days I was strolling around Trieste and came across posters with direct agitation of Democratic Party (Partito Democratico) against the politics of Silvio Berlusconi. Italian prime minister who lately provokes a lot of comments regarding his behavior on a higher diplomatic level (more from Kosmopolito) is on the posters mentioned as someone who does not care about small enterprises and unemployment. He does not, but EU does. The posters directly point on difference between Berlusconi’s politics and the politics of Democratic Party with the slogan: “We are Europeans!”
I got a bit curious about the whole story and checked the web sites (one of them attached above) mentioned on the posters. Democratic Party is actually a structure which embodies several parties and fractions and could be probably seen as a centre-left coalition, which inside of the EP belongs to ALDE and PES political groups. The services of YouDem.tv are by the side of the party used especially for political agitation but also for presentation of its views on development of different internal policies.
While the official web site under the name Scuola di Politica (School of politics) reveals an interesting projects called: Un treno per l’europa (The train for Europe). The idea incorporates a journey by train which will for 4 days connect 400 participants who will dedicate their time to sightseeing and also learning about the EU. Under this aim, the school prepares a seminar which will open some issues related to the Union. I found especially innovative the idea of connecting tourism with political aims. In this way, the train will depart from Turin; stop in Paris, Berlin, Prague and in the end park in Venice. The program will mostly address social, geopolitical, legal and economic dimensions of the EU. I am wondering if some of our Italian readers will participate on the train and could maybe give us an insight about this definitely interesting idea…
At the same time the effort of the party seems to be especially important in times when Berlusconi just formed a bloc with the post-fascist party of Gianfranco Fini: Il Popolo della Liberta (the People of Freedom) which aim is to join EPP-ED group after the EP elections.
The question now is: which bloc has more chances to win the EP elections?