Crosetto across the board: “Salis? Famous only for beating someone up”

Crosetto across the board: “Salis? Famous only for beating someone up”
Crosetto across the board: “Salis? Famous only for beating someone up”

The physique is tested, but the spirit is the same as always. Guido Crosetto he should have been in “his” Granda this afternoon for an interview with the journalist Massimo Giletti. Health got in the way, so instead of the face-to-face discussion at the Morozzo castle, one was organized at the Meeting Center of the Province of Cuneo, via video link.

An hour of all-round chat, from the major issues of international politics to those of our own. We also talk about Ilaria Salis, the militant of the social centers in prison for over a year in Hungary, accused of assault. Giletti prods and Marene’s giant does not shy away: “Unfortunately we have become accustomed to it, in this country we have also nominated Toni Negri. Some people think that any candidate is fine when he becomes famous, just to get votes. I think that people who represent the best of society should be candidates.”. “If I become famous because I won the Nobel Prize it’s one thing, if I become famous because I hit someone it’s another” adds the minister, who also responds to the interviewer’s provocation – when he calls into question the candidacy of another person linked to Hungary for very different reasons, the former porn star Cicciolina: “At least he hadn’t hurt anyone”.

But there is much more, starting with the Europe to come and on which, says the Defense Minister, two great choices of the past have had a negative impact, both attributed to Romano Prodi: the enlargement of the European Union to 27 countries conducted “without rules” and the opening of the WTO to China. “When you think that politics has no impact on our lives, think about these choices” urges Crosetto: “Stellantis acts as a dealer for the Chinese, because Timmermans has decided to eliminate every car with an internal combustion engine out of ideology. I hope that the next EU Commission will first of all change this choice: take a globe and ask yourself what will happen if only Europe respects the rules. Do you think Europe has a safety net if China doubles its emissions?”.

The exponent of Fratelli d’Italia goes even further in his honesty: “The great discoveries are European. The Chinese have never invented anything except toilet paper.”. Jokes aside, there are major dossiers on the table, including immigration which, he claims, “Until a year and a half ago, Europe had never spoken”: “We have managed to make even the most distant countries understand that when there are 2.5 billion Africans, with an average age of 22 years, Africa will invade us”. Thanks to the Meloni government, says his associate, who rejects the label of minister “with a helmet” when it comes to Ukraine: “I was the one who organized Cardinal Zuppi’s mission to Ukraine and I would have done so in Russia too, but Putin didn’t want to receive him. And I was the first to say to Zelensky’s face that the Ukrainian counteroffensive could not succeed. That said, there are those who have invaded a free nation and want to conquer it: if the law of the strongest passes, with respect to international law, as Italy we only have to lose. If Putin ever arrived in Kiev, the war wouldn’t end, the real one would begin: some surrounding nations are just waiting to go to war and they are nations that are part of NATO”.

In NATO there are also those who speak, then deny, of troops in the field. Like the French president: “Macron in France is at 18%, Le Pen is given 30%: he must raise his tone in the election campaign, as some are doing in Italy”. A “damn thing”, in short. However, the single European army would serve: “We will need it because we will have to use it? I really hope not, it’s the same reason you get car or life insurance.”. The one the army is using in the field is Israel, with terrifying results: “We said to the Israelis: the fact that you have always been a friendly country does not authorize you to trample on international law. I told my counterpart Gallant that he is harming his children and grandchildren, sowing hatred that he will not be able to appease. As Westerners we are willing, as we have been doing for years in Lebanon, to guarantee security on the border line between Israel and Palestine that will be created: but dialogue with Israel is now very difficult, as with Putin”.

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