British Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to campaign for the UK to stay in the EU in the incoming in-or-out referendum on the UK’s EU membership, but only if London succeeds in recalibrating its relationship with the Union. As the EU’s fourth largest country, Italy will play a crucial role in the negotiation. The challenge for Rome is to balance its long-standing commitment to strengthening European integration with the interest in keeping a country the size and influence of the UK in the EU. Matteo Renzi’s government should be supportive of British proposals about competitiveness, pragmatic as far as sovereignty issues are concerned, constructive but cautious regarding economic governance, and understanding of British concerns but also firm about immigration.
1. The UK membership in the EU: an Italian interest
2. What should Italy’s approach be?
3. Competitiveness: a supportive approach
4. Sovereignty and differentiation: a pragmatic approach
5. Economic governance: a constructive but cautious approach
6. Immigration: a realistic but firm approach