Italian Prime Minister Speaks at Harvard

Matteo Renzi urges Europe to deal with growing terror threat.

This article, written by BOB SALSBERG, appears on OA Online.

Europe must look inward to help deal with the threat posed by terrorism, Italian Premier Matteo Renzi said Thursday during a speech at Harvard University.

Renzi, a former mayor of Florence and member of Italy’s Democratic party, is on a four-day U.S. visit that also took him to Chicago and Nevada. On Friday, he is scheduled to join other world leaders attending a global nuclear summit in Washington.

While making clear that he agreed with other European leaders on the need for military action, enhanced security and greater intelligence sharing, Renzi said those responses alone will not make Europe safer because of the threat within its own borders.

“Let me be very clear … the terrorists who killed people in Paris or in Brussels didn’t come from Syria, or from Libya, or from Tunisia, or from Afghanistan,” Renzi told the audience at an event sponsored by Harvard’s Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies. “They grew up in Europe.”

“The enemy is not only abroad. The enemy is within our cities,” he said. Read more at OA Online…


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