BBC World Questions and Italy
The BBC World Service is holding a series of debates in capitals across the world in a time of change.
BBC World Questions allows the public to question their politicians directly face to face. The debates are lead entirely by questions from the audience who are able to have their say and be heard round the world.
On January 11th BBC World Questions came to Rome, providing an opportunity to discuss the future for Italy at this key moment in its history. BBC World Questions is an English-language event staged in partnership with the British Council.
Paolo Gentiloni has recently been appointed as Italy's 7th Prime Minister in 10 years, but it is not only political stability that threatens the country. A banking crisis and economic conditions have the potential to impact the lives of all Italians and could even destroy the Euro. Youth unemployment is high. Early elections are possible and with the euro-sceptic Five Star Movement riding high in the polls, a referendum on Italy’s place in Europe could be just around the corner.
BBC’s Jonathan Dimbleby and a panel of politicians and opinion formers quizzed by the audience discussed Italy’s pressing challenges and what these could mean to the European Union.
The panel included Sandro Gozi, Undersecretary to the Prime Minister with responsibility for European Affairs; Deborah Bergamini, Member of the Chamber of Deputies and spokesperson for Forza Italia; Nathalie Tocci, Chief Advisor to Federica Mogherini High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Manlio di Stefano of the 5 Star Movement, Member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies.
As a cultural relations and educational organisation and partner of the BBC World Service, the British Council, helps to enable a platform where the general public can join in on democratic debate on a global forum.
BBC World Questions: Italy is available on www.bbc.com/worldserviceradio (see below).
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