Italy to push for ‘United States of Europe’ when it holds the EU presidency –

Two other pillars of the Italian presidency will be the push for growth over
austerity, and greater help with the migration crisis in the Mediterranean.
More than 50,000 people have arrived in Italy by boat from North Africa this

Mr Renzi’s comments, in a speech in Florence last week, come amid a growing
storm over the nomination of Mr Juncker as president of the European
Commission. David Cameron will call for a vote from fellow EU leaders at
Thursday’s summit in Ypres if there is an attempt to rubber-stamp Mr Juncker
in the role. Mr Cameron opposes the candidacy of the former prime minister
of Luxembourg, whom he sees as preventing EU reforms and is seen by some as
a politician with an instinct for ever-closer European integration.

Meanwhile, the incoming Italian presidency has caused a stir after ruling that
its official website will only be published in English and Italian, meaning
it will not be translated into French or German for the first time since

In order to save money, it will not be translated into any of the other 24
official languages of the EU.

The decision shows how English has become increasingly dominant in EU
communications, especially when compared to the European Commission’s two
other official working languages – French and German.

Since 2007, all EU presidencies made a point of offering multilingual websites
and always included German, French, English and their national language.

During their presidency in 2008, France translated their website into Polish,
Spanish and Italian. In 2010, Spain also produced versions in their main
regional languages of Catalan, Basque and Galatian.

Despite a tight budget, the official Greek website has still offered four
languages: Greek and the three EU working languages, English, French and

Italy’s decision has angered some MEPs.

Michèle Rivasi, the leader of the French Greens in the European Parliament,
said: “It’s a disgrace. Considering the rise of Euroscepticism in wake
of the European elections, this decision almost comes as provocation.”

According to the French MEP, budget cuts do not justify the decision to leave
out French and German.

“Cuts could have been made elsewhere, for example, on the presidency’s
subsistence costs or on transport. We will call on the presidency of the
Parliament to address this issue.”

Italy to push for ‘United States of Europe’ when it holds the EU presidency –

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