Migrants and conflicts with Salvini and M5s: Elly Schlein’s years in the European Parliament

In recent months he has walked the corridors of the European Parliament with the zeal that he has beaten the country to conquer the secretariat of the Democratic Party: always impetuous, combative, able to talk to anyone but also ready to hit him with speeches from a flooded river and rivals with a smile on his face. Thus, Elly Schlein gained visibility in a brewing delegation, especially in the early years of her tenure, which began in 2014 and ended five years later, where few, including herself, resisted the lure of the prevailing Renzism. Matteo Renzi was the reason he said goodbye to the Democratic Party in 2015. In a lengthy Facebook post, he quoted Tiziano Terzani to explain his choice: “If you’re at a crossroads and you find a way up and down, take the one that goes up. It’s easier to go downhill, but you end up in a ditch. It’s harder to go up. much hope”. It took eight years, but in the end, that steep road took him to the leadership of the party, where he left “with a very strong lump in his throat.” A race that started between Strasbourg. and Brussels.

Dublin Reform

His activism in the European Parliament was undoubtedly marked by his struggles over immigrants; this led him to clash not only with Matteo Salvini, who was an MP at the time, but also with the 5 Star Movement, a party that could be an ally today in building an alliance. Left opposition to Giorgia Meloni. As a representative of Pippo Civati’s movement Possibile, Schlein worked on the reform of the Dublin regulation. It was 2017, and Strasbourg approved a report born of a compromise between centre-left and centre-right moderates. But the Lega and M5s went against the text in an unprecedented unity of purpose that was somehow a prelude to a future government alliance.

Clash with Salvini and M5s

The aim of the dispute was above all the part of the proposal that went beyond the first country of entry principle, namely the provision that de facto placed the burden of hosting immigrants on the shoulders of the EU countries from which the immigrants came. Italy wants some time to change this principle, and according to Schlein, the text of the European Parliament is moving in that direction. However, Salvini and Di Maio’s aides disagreed and described the Dublin overshoot as a hoax. In an interview with EuropaToday, Schlein said, “The Northern League and Grillini’s unfounded statements in their press releases. Their accusations don’t surprise me. After all, the Northern League never came up during the negotiations. And even the grill has already reduced their appearance. Because they didn’t read the reform at best. The new secretary of the Democratic Party was even tougher on Salvini, with data in hand in the absence of the Carroccio leader at the European Parliament meetings where the text was discussed.

rights struggles

However, Schlein’s wars in Europe did not end with the immigration problem. As a member of the Development Committee, he has been a point of reference for years in the international cooperation sector in Italy as well as in the rest of the EU. Thanks to his language skills, the Possibile representative at that time was able to establish relations not only with parliamentarians from various member states (first and foremost with left and green MPs, but also with the centre-left formation, while remaining within the Socialists and Democrats group). part of the Democratic Party), but also with non-governmental organizations revolving around the Eurochamber. In line with this commitment, Schlein has fought for women’s rights, particularly against gender-based violence, becoming a reference point for the international #MeToo movement in the European Parliament. She did not fail to promote actions in favor of the rights of LGBTQ people and, together with current Speaker of Parliament Roberta Metsola, presented a resolution proposal on the fight against anti-Semitism.

Fighting tax havens

Rights but not only: Schlein was also among the most active MPs on economic and environmental issues. His greatest contribution as a European legislator was undoubtedly the package of proposals on tax avoidance and tax evasion, which he personally oversaw as rapporteur. A text that contributed to the creation of the first blacklist of tax havens in the European Union is an important tool in tackling these phenomena. Schlein did not neglect to draw attention to the shortcomings of this black list: for example, he signed a parliamentary motion in 2019 demanding the inclusion of Russia on the list. However, governments and the EU administration turned deaf ears. At least until last February 15, when Brussels finally realized that Moscow was also a tax haven.

Source: Today IT

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