Interview with Marta Grande

The pandemic crisis has worsened the situation of democratic standards and rights at the international level; we talk about this with the newly appointed President of the Italian Representation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Marta Grande

Marta Grande, Member of Parliament in the Five Star Movement since 2013, has been a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Italian Chamber of Deputies since 2018, of which she became President until 28 July 2020. Now, she is the President of the Italian Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Today we talk about this role, her expectations and how she intends to approach her new mandate.

Recently, the Five Star Movement has changed its skin. It is impossible to forget when, in its early days, it was against the European Union and opted for an almost total closure of foreign policy. Now we have Fabio Massimo Castaldo as vice-president of the European Commission and you as head of the Italian delegation to the Council of Europe. How do you explain this change?

The Five Star Movement has grown in recent years and so has its political vision. The subject of ‘foreign affairs’ has always been complex, where dynamics and events change continuously and rapidly. Foreign policy is, for each party, one of the cornerstones of its policy. We had to make some adjustments, too since we had to put it into practice and deal with the outside world.

You come from an experience as President of the Foreign Affairs Commission in which you repeatedly pushed for European integration in the Balkans. In general, what do you bring with you after this experience?

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