Italian Politics: the European Commission under Romano Prodi

in Italian Politics

The aim of this chapter is to assess the European Commission

under Romano Prodi’s presidency. Prodi took office in September

1999, at a time when both the Commission’s standing within the

European Union (EU) and its internal morale were floundering at

historic lows, the result of months of internal scandal and bruising,

public confrontations with the European Parliament, the media,

and the member governments. It is a testament to Prodi’s political

skills that a mere fifteen months later, the Commission is once

again on an even keel and charting a steady course, moreover playing

an important if not necessarily central role in the major debates

of the day in the European Union.

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