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Communicating Europe

Journals and European Integration 1939–1979

Edited By Daniele Pasquinucci, Daniela Preda and Luciano Tosi

This volume is dedicated to the debate on European unification developed between the end of World War II and 1979 in two types of magazines. The first type of magazines are those not exclusively dedicated to the «European» themes, but particularly significant for the impact they had in the cultural-political debate and in the concrete unfolding of the process of European integration; while the second type are militant magazines, belonging to the European and federalist area, whose proactive role was fundamental both for the theoretical elaboration of the ideas as the basis of the future of the European continent, and for the practical propaganda. All these publications contributed in different ways to the spread of knowledge of European integration, of its implications and of its political, social and economic consequences. No less important – and this is the third type of journals taken into consideration in the book – has been the birth and development of magazines directly sponsored by the Community institutions, whose action was framed within a real «European communication», made by the EC institutions, particularly the Commission in Brussels, since their origins.
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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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