Journals and European Integration 1939–1979
Edited By Daniele Pasquinucci, Daniela Preda and Luciano Tosi
“The Ballots Return the Rebirth of a Continent”. The First European Parliament Elections as Seen in Opinion Dailies: Antonio Maria Orecchia
“The Ballots Return the Rebirth of a Continent”. The First European Parliament Elections as Seen in Opinion Dailies
Antonio Maria ORECCHIA
United Europe is opposed by those who openly declare themselves against unity, like the gollists, the French communists (also the Italians until a few years ago) and a large part of the English labourists. But Europe is also hindered by those who restrict themselves to mere verbal expressions and do not practically do anything in favor of the ideal they affirm to support with enthusiasm. The second group of opponents is more insidious and less sincere than the first. Some managers of the Italian parties could be included in the latter.1
Domenico Bartoli’s emotional outburst, in Il Giornale as of 13 May 1979, did not only refer to the government decision to separate the vote for the general and European elections and fix it in two consecutive weeks (3-4 and 10 June), but even to president Pertini’s decision to dissolve Parliament. He thought they would have had to “let only the elections for Europe to be carried out […], which would probably start a new chapter in the history of our continent”.
This was no isolated denounce in the news industry – and it was wholly justified: in fact, in 1979 the electoral campaign of the European Parliament by universal suffrage lasted only four days. A campaign which was, moreover, dominated by “Europessimism”, a term that had occurred on the newspaper pages long...
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