Bank of Italy’s former Governor Guido Carli once said that the “vincolo esterno” is the most interesting and useful concept to describe the relationship between Europe and Italy. The “vincolo” helped Italy in three occasions, which have been major turning points for Italy’s foreign policy. When Italy became one of the founding States of the European Economic Community in 1957, when Italy joined the European Monetary System in 1979 and when Italy signed the Treaty of Maastricht giving birth to the process of the Economic and Monetary Union in 1992.
In this blog I will try to sketch a picture of the current relationship between Italy and Europe, focusing on issues that I find pathbreaking or simply catchier than others. I will use academic articles, blogs, newspapers and everything useful to explain an intriguing history of concordia discors.