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About Barbara Spinelli

Barbara Spinelli is an Italian writer and journalist. She has been a columnist for Corriere della Sera, La Stampa and La Repubblica on issues of international and European politics. Since June 2014, she is member of the European Parliament in the GUE/NGL group. Her latest book is: "La sovranità assente" (Absent sovereignty), Einaudi 2014. She blogs at

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Brexit – the big swindle, a European view

We need to understand better why citizens’ rights have become, together with the Northern Irish question, such an incandescent issue in the Brexit negotiations.

La defensa de l'estat de dret a la Unió Europea

Carta pública al president de la comissió, Jean-Claude Juncker, i al del consell Europeu, Donald Tusk c/c Vicepresident primer Frans Timmermann. Español. English

La defensa del estado de derecho en la Unión Europea

Carta abierta al presidente de la comisión, Jean-Claude Juncker, y al presidente del consejo Europeo, Donald Tusk, cc. Vice-Presidente primero Frans Timmermans. English. Catalan

En defensa del Estado de derecho en la Unión Europea

Carta abierta relativa a la defensa del Estado de derecho en la Unión Europea, co-signada por 188 académicos, políticos, intelectuales de la esfera pública y miembros del Parlamento Europeo, y enviada el 3 de Noviembre del 2017. English Català

Upholding the Rule of Law in the European Union

An open letter concerning the upholding of the Rule of Law in the European Union, co-signed by 188 scholars, politicians, public intellectuals and members of the European Parliament and sent on November 3, 2017. Español. Catalan

Reclaiming Europe from the powers that be: an interview with Barbara Spinelli MEP

"Any constitutional change of the European institutions is futile without first restoring citizens’ trust." Lorenzo Marsili in conversation with Barbara Spinelli.

An open letter on the attempted coup in Turkey

Open letter to: Ms Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy / Vice-President of the European Commission

To: Mr Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe.

Something rotten in the migration compact 2.0 of Matteo Renzi?

If Europeans are appalled at the xenophobia and racism to be found in their countries, the question is - why are they following the same prescriptions?

A migration pact not fit for purpose

Ten points regarding the recent migration pact proposed by the Renzi government in Italy.

2016 will be remembered as the EU's year of shame

2016 will be remembered as the year in which the European Union definitively broke the civilisation pact on which it was founded after the Second World War.

From London to Athens, Europe is an empty shell

Optimists affirm that the EU-UK agreement has a positive side: London cannot veto the will of other member states pursuing an “ever closer Union". This is true, but only formally. Italiano.

The EU’s disastrous status quo

The risk is of losing on both fronts, on a national level and a European level, where elections go by without shaking off the suspicion of usurpation.

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