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From eurosceptics to European Commissioner, the Italian transformation is complete

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Analysis. The Democratic Party is celebrating the appointment of Paolo Gentiloni to the European Commission. Some sections of the Five Star Movement are less thrilled by the party's makeover. 'We're delivering Italy over to the PD in Europe. I can’t recognize my movement anymore.'

written by Daniela Preziosi

Topic European Union


September 6, 2019

The last piece, for now, to complete the “Ursula” government—after the charming name of President of the European Commission, Ursula van der Leyen, whose election is believed to have been the moment the Conte II project was conceived—will be decided at the first meeting of the Council of Ministers. But it is already a given that Paolo Gentiloni will be named European Commissioner, as this was part of the agreement negotiated between Conte and Zingaretti regarding the government package. The Democratic Party secretary was very keen on this, more so than on other points.

In addition, the renominated prime minister didn’t have alternative names to propose that would have put up a serious challenge. As a result, the new commissioner is set to be a guarantee of friendly relations—and even more than friendly—between the Commission and the Italian Government.

This choice completes the U-turn in the stance of Grillo’s party toward the European Union—from aspiring Eurosceptics and allies of Farage to staunch pro-Europeans. Thanks to the........

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