Italy Left in Crisis by Berlusconi's Veto of EU Rapid Arrest Warrants
Mora, Judith, The Independent (London, England)
The Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, came under unprecedented pressure yesterday to accept proposals for a wide- ranging European arrest warrant, which Italy alone is blocking.
The Italian press, his European counterparts and even members of his own government attacked his unilateral refusal to sign up to the EU's fast-track arrest warrant, which covers a range of serious crimes from terrorism to corruption, arguing that Italy's national interests would be threatened by the change. Opposition parties have accused Mr Berlusconi of putting his interests above those of Italy and trying to protect himself from possible future legal action over his massive business empire.
The possibility that its European partners would press ahead with the plan regardless has caused shock in Italy, traditionally one of the EU's most ardent supporters. "Prime Minister Berlusconi, have a change of heart. Don't isolate Italy from the rest of Europe," the country's leading newspaper, Corriere della Sera, pleaded. The Foreign Minister, Renato Ruggiero, is urging an agreement and has reportedly threatened …
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