Difficult times for Europe and its identity, and what could be pushed top-down in the coming months…still, I always have the clear feeling that bottom-up we Europeans are living our extended Country as we wish it could be: as one thing, and not just as a fragmented reality.
Today’s article by Eugenio Scalfari on La Repubblica on Matteo Renzi sums up in a nutshell what Italian politics is about. And it’s not pretty.
It also shows how politics and society are two faces of the same coin, where power is autocratic and servile at the same time and at all levels, perpetuating a chain of obsequious big wigs, from the top of politics and corporations down to the sub-atomic social aggregation, be it in local politics, administration or SMEs/SMIs.
Garibaldi and Mazzini tried to change that and didn’t make it. Their struggle is still unresolved. The “Drang nach aussen” of the left-wing politicians – Pippo Civati’s decision to leave the PD party a couple of weeks ago – is history repeating. And this situation is not helping building a better Europe.
Germany is the guest of Salone del Libro di Torino, the Italian equivalent of Frankfurter Buchmesse. So I post the first Goethe novel I read (even if mine was published by Einaudi and not Feltrinelli). Today at Fahrenheit, the radio program on Rai Radio 3 specialized on books, Guenther Walraff was guest.