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  • An emptied parliament and the risks of a democracy that no longer looks to rights

      The approval of the budget law by the Italian Parliament raises very deep concerns because of a legislative process that appears to be compromised and distorted in substance in relation with the provisions of the constitutional order of the Republic. A number of independent institutions, including the Committee for Legislation of the Chamber of Deputies, have found in the structure of the law and in the procedure followed to be profound problematic issues regarding the provisions of our institutional system. Many constitutionalists have pointed out that Article 72 of our Constitution requires the two branches of Parliament to carefully examine the draft laws that are submitted to the attention of parliamentarians, in order to ensure a deliberative process that allows the necessary weighting of those that should become normative texts and to allow a discussion that, through the vehicle of elected representatives, allows the different components of the country to be involved in the political and institutional process. The failure of this process, which is hidden by the urgency of avoiding the temporary exercise of public finances and by the discussion regarding the content of the budget law, is a fact of particular importance and institutional gravity.

  •      If I were to indicate what feeling prevails today in western societies, I'd say fear. Often unacknowledged or exorcised through displays of security and strength, fear hides in the thoughts of many people, in the decisions of entire populations, in turn back to ideologies that we thought were no longer occupy the scenario of our countries. Afraid, we try to give a name to identify an enemy to fight and to whom to attribute the faults of many social problems that we cannot solve. This enemy is identified as external to us: the Isis, monster that creates cruel children also in our well-ordered society; foreign, invading our lands and feeding new social tensions; European bureaucracy which oppresses our lives with rules made to limit our freedom.

  • Video interview

    Hungarian society is highly divided, fighting against one another. Catholic hierarchy is also divided, between bishops supporting the government and other skeptical and keeping silence. Information is mainly emotional with very short analytical or theological reflection, and public statements are driven, more by political than theological reasons. Curent situation may come from communist past which has raised a strong seeking for state identity. Pax Romana wants to create open spaces of discussion for the civil society. Presenting facts can be very helpful.

  •    The SIIAEC (*) Pax Romana Assembly held from 20th to 22nd April 2018 reflected on the question of Solidarity in Europe. The European Union was supposed to set good example of democracy, human rights and rules of law, but nationalists and populists have come to power in several EU countries, although in a democratic way. The situation in such countries, earlier belonging to the Soviet Bloc, requires special attention. Their ruling parties believe that political will is above law. We know of this attitude and its consequences from recent history. The aim of this statement is to invite our members to take part in the renewal of the EU project. 

  •   Pawel Broszkowski – vice-president of the Warsaw KIK has outlined the current situation in the European Union as seen from the Polish perspective. In his statement he said among others, that “Political parties active in many European countries like in France, Netherlands or the United Kingdom and those who came to power in such countries as Hungary and recently in Poland, display nationalistic and xenophobic mood and openly show their unfriendly attitudes toward the EU”.

  • Interview in english.

    The situation in Poland is very strange. The new government thinks he can do whatever he wants, trying to make the work of tribunal impossible. We are waiting for European commission report to correct it. But the government will not obey. Now we have protests in the streets against government’s dictatorial tendencies. The party won under very traditional catholic slogans. The bishops could not say anything, it was in line of the church’s teaching, but in a pharisean way.