La mia intervista a Tasnim News

febbraio 5, 2015 in News e iniziative da alessia

Nelle scorse settimane ho rilasciato una intervista, scritta e in inglese, all’agenzia iraniana Tasnim News. La gran parte delle domande verteva su temi di politica italiana, ma c’è stato modo anche di parlare di Iran, delle aspettative, dei rapporti con l’Unione Europea. Purtroppo, nella versione diffusa dall’agenzia, alcune parti sono state tagliate, stravolgendo, in parte, il senso generale dell’intervista.

Di seguito il testo integrale.

1. Who is the best person for the replacement of Giorgio Napolitano?
We would like to see as the new President of the Republic an influential, independent, non partisan person with a high international profile.
Two years ago we expressed our vote for Romano Prodi and we think he would be the right person to represent Italy in the world.

2. What is your opinion about Matteo Renzi’s performance in 2014?
We have been deeply disappointed with Renzi’s performance in 2014: a lot of promises, very little tangible reforms, and above all we consider extremely wrong what the government has done so far.
SEL has strongly opposed the few reforms that the government has managed to complete: the Jobs Act has reduced workers’ rights and will lower workers’ salaries, without expanding the workforce. The Budget is perfectly in line with those austerity measures that have actively contributed to enlarging the economic crisis instead of reducing it: cuts to investments in culture, university, research.
Even some policies which could have been useful, like lowering taxes for some low-paid workers did not produce the expected positive effects because they were funded by cuts to expenditures.

3. What are your proposals to solve Italy’s economic crisis?
We need to strongly invest on education, on renewable energies, on sustainable tourism, to ensure an easier access to credit for individuals and small businesses. We need to de-tax start-up business and most importantly to make it easier for them to deal with bureaucratic and fiscal procedures.
We need to support small and medium sized enterprises to grow and to invest on high quality productions. We need a real redistribution of wealth, we need to tackle tax evasion and to move resources from speculation to productive investments.
We need to defy job insecurity in the workplace also to allow the younger generations to look to the future with optimism and in order to increase domestic demand.

4. What are your predictions for the Italian economy in 2015?
We do not see may possibilities for a strong recovery in the starting year.
There have been some small positive indications that we might have reached the bottom of the barrel, but the major risk facing Italy and Europe is deflation, that would mean postponing a real economic recovery for many years.
If we do not give a halt to the austerity ideology and we do not strongly invest in those sectors that can assure a future to our country, the economical situation in Italy will not get visibly better.

5. How do you see relations between Iran and Italy in time of president Rouhani?
The election of Rouhani came along with a series of positive expectations regarding a stronger role that Iran could return to play inside the international community.
Iran’s nuclear program is still an open issue.
But from what we read, maybe also due to the internal conflicts, many expectations about a openness externally and also internally, with regards to the role of women and to civil rights, seem to have been disappointed.
We believe that Iran can play a very important role in stabilizing the whole Middle-East area, especially thanks to the way it openly opposes ISIS.
We also believe that a stronger relationship between Iran and Italy and the whole international community can contribute to quicken the change towards a more open society that the younger generations, in Iran as well as inside our country, have been asking for and this would be precious also for our country.