The fourth discussion within the project ‘Student Diplomatic Laboratory’, called ‘Back to Black? The Challenges of a Right Populism in Italy’, took place on September 26, 2018 in the Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine.
Sylvester Nosenko (Institute of International Relations, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv) analyzed the continuity and variability in the foreign policy of the coalition government of the Five Star Movement and the League. NATO membership and active policies in the Mediterranean and North Africa remain Italy’s unchanged priorities, but the Government’s readiness to lift sanctions against Russia and a more closed migration policy are new challenges for other EU states. The speaker stressed that Euroscepticism, which is often attributed to the Giuseppe Conte Cabinet, should be understood as an attempt to realise its political vision at the EU level and compete for decisive influence with Germany and France.
Iryna Zasimovych (chairwoman of the Association of Political Science Students of the National University of ‘Kyiv-Mohyla Academy’) spoke about corruption in Italy and attempts to fight it, in particular about the ‘Clean hands’ (the judicial investigative campaign). The speaker explained the current spread of corruption and Italian social practices, due to which people often do not perceive corruption as a negative phenomenon.
Viktoriia Vdovychenko (associate professor at the Department of International Relations and Law of Borys Grinchenko Kyiv University, head of projects of the Professional Government Association of Ukraine) clarified the transformations of the Italian politics from the parliamentary election in March 2018 and outlined prospective directions for improvement and renewal of Ukrainian-Italian relations. You can read Viktoriia Vdovychenko’s presentation here:
Borys Zaitsev (analyst at the Centre for International Studies of the Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine) moderated the event.
During the Q&A session, the speakers discussed with the audience the divisive issues between the Five Star Movement and the League, the potential of other political forces (in particular Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia and the Democratic Party), and the possibilities of using Italian experience to fight corruption in Ukraine.