The Young European Federalists (JEF-Europe) and JEF Italy express their deepest concern upon the results of the Italian parliamentary election of the 4th of March, 2018.
More than 50% of the Italian electorate expressed their preference towards anti-establishment parties which are riding the populist wave that have clearly advocated against further political or monetary European integration, such as Movimento 5 Stelle (Five Star Movement), Lega (League, formerly known as “Lega Nord”) and Fratelli d’Italia (Brothers of Italy).
Upon deciphering the results, it is evident that social uncertainty and widespread unemployment are crucial issues for Italian electors - which has been one of the dominant topics of recent Italian politics and the fulcrum theme of these Italian elections. Conveniently, the continuous neglect of these conditions has been allegedly attributed to the European Union, pushed by the rhetoric of many of these anti-establishment parties across the whole political spectrum.
“We call upon the leaders of the Movimento 5 Stelle, Luigi Di Maio, and of the centre-right coalition - whom we expect to be leading the first attempts at forming a Government - to clarify their parties’ position on the EU and the Euro, dispelling the ambiguities of the last months”, argues Christopher Glück, President of JEF-Europe. “The future of Italy and its citizens belongs inside deeper EU integration, and therefore all potential coalition partners must be clear that no explicitly anti-EU parties will be considered as Government allies.”
JEF Europe shares the concerns of Italian citizens regarding the effectiveness of the European Union and warns European and national institutions not to underestimate electoral results in Italy, and across Europe as well. We therefore call for a radical reform of the EU grounded on subsidiarity and solidarity, in order to finally make Europe truly democratic.
The only possibility to govern globalisation is to improve the governance tools of the EU by shifting towards a federal model which is democratically legitimised.
More information on JEF Europe
The Young European Federalists (JEF-Europe) is a non-partisan youth NGO with 13.000 members active in more than 35 countries. The organisation strives towards a federal Europe based on the principles of democracy and subsidiarity as well as respect for human rights. JEF promotes true European Citizenship, and works towards more active participation of young people in democratic life. While the umbrella organisation JEF Europe was founded in 1972, its sections have been operating continuously since the end of the Second World War, making it the oldest pro-European and only federalist youth organisation.
More Information on JEF Italy
JEF-Italy (Gioventù Federalista Europea - GFE) is an independent not partisan youth organization founded in 1951. GFE members, range in age between 16 and 30 years, and we organize activities on various levels: local sections (in more than thirty Italian cities), national center and encourage participation in international activities (seminars, debates and actions throughout Europe).
JEF Europe Secretariat
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