Back from Hamburg (with a thought on Italy)

Back from Hamburg (with a thought on Italy)

I write on my way back from Hamburg: on the occasion of the Ministerial meeting of OSCE (the Organisation for security and cooperation in Europe) I met with John Kerry and Sergey Lavrov to discuss the European Union’s initiative on the future of Syria, and the need to protect civilians, especially in Aleppo, granting access for humanitarian aid. Here is the press release on today’s meetings.

Yesterday night I stopped in Berlin to hold the “Willy Brandt Lecture” at Humboldt University – here are the video and the text. And before that, I was in Brussels for the NATO Ministerial, which adopted the proposals I put forward together with Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to strengthen cooperation between the European Union and the Atlantic Alliance. The European Council will discuss about them next week, together with the whole package I proposed to prop up the European defence dimension. Here is the video of my press conference with Jens).

On Tuesday I also received John Kerry in Brussels, for a bilateral meeting and to sign together a military logistical assistance agreement between the European Union and the United States. Finally, on Monday I was in Dakar: I open with President Macky Sall of Senegal the Forum for peace and security in Africa, and worked with him on our migration compact.

The work goes on, with my mind constantly on my country, Italy. I always thought – and I keep thinking – that the constitutional reform we voted on was good for the country: on Sunday night I was hoping for a different result. Today the transition – a tough but manageable transition – is in the hands of President Sergio Mattarella: we can be sure the process will be managed with wisdom, with balance, and in the exclusive interest of Italy.