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The Italian EU Presidencies and the De-Legalization Policy

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This chapter discusses the policy of institution-building and integration, and explores the complex outcomes of the historical trajectories of the integration of each nation, especially the eastern European states, into the European Union. It considers the results of a policy of integration and de-legalization both sought by the two Italian prime ministers, Mr. Berlusconi and Prodi and their friend, Mr. Giuliano Amato, drafter of the Constitution, a powerful mediator of Italian domestic politics. It is an aspect of the de-legalization policy that the Prodi Commission has pursued, in fact, giving to the executive a prominent power over investigations. The three policy guide-lines proposed, and actively promoted by the Italian Presidency, could, if taken together, give a powerful blow to the European legal order. The Italian Presidencies could have played a key role co-coordinating and promoting the search of a new and more flexible framework within the existing legal compact.

Keywords: de-legalization policy; European legal order; Italian domestic politics; Italian presidencies



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