Journals and European Integration 1939–1979
The Stronghold of Southern Europeism. The Journal Il Mezzogiorno e le Comunità europee (1962-1970): Antonio Bonatesta
The Stronghold of Southern Europeism. The Journal Il Mezzogiorno e le Comunità europee (1962-1970)
The journal Il Mezzogiorno e le Comunità europee (“The South and European Communities”) was printed in Bari from 1962 to 1970. It was federalism-oriented and aimed “to raise awareness in Southern Italy of the importance of the plan for European unification”1 and, at the same time, to identify those “crucial overlaps between the difficult southern development and the growth of the European idea”.2
The journal was supported by the Centro Studi e Informazioni sulle Comunità Europee (CeSICE - Centre for European Communities Studies and Information), which was founded in Bari in September 1959 with the purpose to spread European Community-community-related issues, create a European consciousness in the South, and defend its interests in the European institutions’ decisions.3 The initiative was directed by Aldo Moro and implemented by a group of members of parliament belonging to the moderate side of the Puglian Democrazia Cristiana political party, which over the 1950s had developed various experiences in the European institutions. Indeed, Giuseppe Codacci-Pisanelli, Michele Troisi e Antonio Carcaterra had taken part, as full members or deputies, to delegations of the lower house to the Council of Europe, the Parliamentary Assembly of the ECSC and the European Parliamentary ← 279 | 280 → Assembly.4 They all came from the University of Bari and had approached Europeist stances not only as a result of their adherence to the principles of European federalism, but also...
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