Italy FM Gentiloni says EU suffering 'crisis of legitimacy'

Calls for common effort against ISIS. Jerusalmen tension alarming

06 November, 19:29

    Paolo Gentiloni, Italy's FM Paolo Gentiloni, Italy's FM

    (ANSAmed) - ROME - The Italian foreign minister Paolo Gentiloni on Thursday said Europe is going through an unprecedented "crisis of legitimacy". "Europe is living through a crisis of legitimacy without precedent, but one need only to turn one's gaze to the tensions on our borders" to understand that the EU is still a magnet for "women, children, victims of conflict, migrants who are looking for a better future", Gentiloni said, speaking to a parliamentary conference on foreign policy, security and defense held in the Italian Senate.

    The minister added that the Islamic State (ISIS) represents "an unprecedented threat and requires a collective effort. A political, military, and even cultural effort".

    Gentiloni also spoke of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying it represented "the oldest and fiercest wound that, even for us, challenges our consciences". "The two-state solution is the only one possible" for putting an end to the conflict, Gentiloni said.

    He also called the situation regarding Jerusalem's Temple Mount ''alarming''. The minister noted that the tension had been ''aggravated by the persistent closure of places of worship'' and condemned acts of violence against religious figures, security forces and civilians in Jerusalem in recent days. Gentiloni called the acts of violence ''unjustifiable actions that contradict the history and vocation of the Holy City for tolerance and civil and religious coexistence''. ''All the parties involved,'' he said, ''must demonstrate a sense of responsibility and avoid acts and statements that may exacerbate an already delicate situation''. (ANSAmed)

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