AppeAl TO Berlusconi AND Prodi FOR THE MEDITERRANEAN
of you endeavoured to promote dialogue among cultures, especially in the
Berlusconi, you distinguished yourself for the opening to those countries
non-adherent to the Barcelona Process, Libya first of all, and it is
properly this country the hotbed of the recent clashes, nourished by the
behaviour of a Minister of your government.
Prodi, as head of the European Commission, you distinguished yourself for
the constitution of a “High Level Advisory Group” – Predrag Matvejevic’ is
among its members – as guide for dialogue between cultures: a strong
commitment not fulfilled by the current President of the European
Commission. The few programmes drown therefore in bureaucracy which bar the
development of concrete actions.
substantial programme of the “Unione” and the synthetic one of the “Casa
delle Libertà” don’t deal with the “Alliance of Civilizations” and with
dialogue between Europe and the Mediterranean.
our Foundation anticipated everything has happened and, once again, over the
past days – on the eve of the Libyan events – presented the “Manifest for
Alliances among Civilizations of the Greater Mediterranean”. This Manifest
we are asking you to subscribe, was signed by a large number of supporters,
and this shows the urgency to solve the problem.
natural bridge of Europe in the Mediterranean, is one among the few
countries in which it is possible to think European and to breath
Mediterranean. It should be able to give a warm welcome in the respect
of different faiths and cultures as you, Presidents Prodi and Berlusconi,
The day in
which you, president Prodi, open in Naples the “Ulivo” election campaign
with the slogan “Meet Ourselves”, and one month before your visit to Naples,
President Berlusconi, which will close the “Casa delle Libertà” campaign, we
desire to address you this appeal.
Mediterranean, Europe and Islam have a crucial interest in following a path
different from the imposition of external forms of government and to resort
of terrorism and violent subversion. Collaboration, understanding and
solidarity are the only ways forward for all the three.
context, Italy is the only country which can carry out a politics of
solidarity and cooperation, which can help to remind that European
civilization has a great debt to Islam, since Western Europe owes its
Renaissance in large part to the writings and technology of Islamic
destiny of Islam and Europe are more connected than believed.
mood of confusion and of ignorance, it is important to be capable to give
concrete answers to these problems and, above all, to the most important
one: that of inclusion in diversity.
among cultures proved ineffective and, especially in Europe, we need to
face, among the others, two main issues:
· Being able
to integrate communities of different countries, in order to become more
capable to welcome Turkey, when it will become a complete democracy
opinion the solution must not be searched outside Europe but inside it by
overturning the problems: Turkey must be able to join the European Union,
but at the same time Europe must be able to welcome and integrate Turkey.
about welcoming, and not about tolerating Turkey.
cosmopolitan society, as that European should be, doesn’t need the concept
of “tolerance”, which in recent times produced fratricidal wars and
necessary today to state the concept of inclusion in diversity, to whom
associate that of “hospitality”, which is more extensive. The other
should be integral part of the same “house”, in the respect of the rules of
behaviour and, at the same time, this “house” should be able to welcome him
together have to create a great coalition of shared values and interests.
politics should provide for the constitution of a special “Ministry for the
Mediterranean”: we already stated it ten years ago and we repeat it now.
of this portfolio should be the construction of “Alliances among
Civilizations”, which means to promote dialogue and shared development.
particular item should constitute, because of its urgency, the common
denominator of your coalitions’ programmes. As it has happened during the
emergency of Bank of Italy – through Governor Draghi solution, shared by
everyone – it is now essential to consider the current crisis of the
Mediterranean and the crisis between Islam and the West as an emergency
which requires solutions shared by all.
Dear President Prodi, Dear President Berlusconi,
abandon this mood of strengthened contest in order to give a higher signal
to the Country and to the whole world.
“Unione” and the “Casa delle Libertà” – which obviously have different
programmes – should present just one common point with a shared line:
promotion of dialogue among the various cultures of the Euro-Mediterranean
area through the valorisation of those organizations and institutions which
devoted themselves to these action for a long time.
institutions should be coordinated by a special “Ministry for the
Mediterranean”, guided, in this case, by a worthy and qualified Minister
belonging to any political coalition, a person who has the capacity of
sailing in the turbulent Mediterranean waters, in order to face the
emergencies under the guidance of North, South, East and West, and no more
under those of “right” and “left”.
criteria to research institutions and professionalisms capable of concretely
demonstrating their unquestionable expertise are not lacking.
President of the Fondazione Mediterraneo
of the Scientific Committee of the Fondazione Mediterraneo