The push for EU Federalism has been “blamed” for destroying democracy in Italy.

The EU’s move towards federalism has been “blamed” for weakening Italian democracy. Italian pundits Thomas Fazi and Paolo Cornetti stated that the loss of sovereignty started in the early 1990s. As a result, Italy’s President and Head of State, a claimed impartial office, has influenced democratically elected administrations.

Italy likewise chose the euro over the lira, which meant “the role of government — and therefore of parliament — increasingly becomes that of rubberstamping often unpopular economic decisions taken at the European level”.

They wrote an Article for UnHerd, saying: “This has inevitably entailed a process of state reconfiguration involving the strengthening of executive and technocratic powers at all levels, including that of the president, and the consequent marginalisation of parliament.”

“Typically, this is presented as a necessary precondition for the swift and efficient implementation of the kind of economic policies enforced by the EU.”

“(This included) fiscal austerity, wage moderation, and pro-market liberalisations and privatisations.”

“Once the choice was made by Italy’s elites to join the euro, it also became necessary to defend their decision from any possible popular-democratic challenges.”

“And so the president’s role was transformed in another way.”

“(They went) from guarantor of the constitution to guarantor of the country’s ‘international obligations’, in particular those to EU treaties and rules.”

“Finally, the transfer of economic prerogatives to the EU meant that political parties, even if they managed to secure a majority in parliament, increasingly found themselves lacking the economic tools necessary to maintain societal consensus.”

President Sergio Mattarella’s seven-year reign expires on January 24. The Italian parliament and regional representatives will vote secretly to replace him.

Both guys believe the winner will have “wide-ranging implications — not just for Italy but for the entire continent”.

They added: “It is generally believed that the Italian president performs a purely ceremonial and symbolic role, and throughout most of Italy’s life as a republic this has been largely the case.”