You can see how things stand in Italy as we get closer to election day from the surreal and cringeworthy debate that took place Tuesday for hours on end regarding the Nazi attack in Macerata. It was a thoroughly ignoble spectacle in which each tried to pin on their political opponents the responsibility for what Silvio Berlusconi—worse than even far-right Matteo Salvini—called the “social time bomb” of immigration.
In the background of all this were the warnings, which in our current corrupt climate might as well be coming from an alien planet: those from Brussels, from the Italian president and from the bishops. What happened in Macerata was “a willful attack on our most fundamental values” and “an attempt to destroy the very fabric of what binds us together as Europeans,” said Frans Timmermans, the vice president of the EU Commission.
It was an irreproachable statement. But it would have been even better if he had added a passage on the Dublin Treaty, which Europe is holding inviolable and which is contributing to the tearing of “the fabric” in Italy. President Sergio Mattarella alluded to this when he noted that “Italy needs to feel that it is a community, without distrust. The lack of meaningful community leads to distrust, intolerance and sometimes violence.”