“It’s a great pleasure to welcome Matteo Renzi at the White House. I should say welcome back, many years ago when he came as a dynamic Mayor of Florence, and now is a dynamic Italian premier “. Obama greeted Matteo Renzi, visiting Washington as an old friend and recalled the importance of Italy as being “one of our strongest allies”. TheItalian Premier said he was honored to be at the White House, right in the heart of freedom “. Renzi explained that U.s. growth is a model for Europe. We need a new era of growth and investment. In 2014, we started in that diretion, but there is much to be done. American leadership is a point of reference “. In front of Italy lies the challenge of Expo, an opportunity to attract investors from abroad. “I think it’s very important for us to make Expo a great opportunity for quality in life,” said the head of the government-of life style and to declare war on poverty in a world where a billion die of obesity and another billion will die because it has no food “. During the summit, the two spoke mostly about the economy; in Europe, Renzi is said to be “confident”, saying that the time of sole austerity is over. but in order to achieve this objective, governments need to make reforms. We are committed to fulfiling any reform promised to our citizens “.
Prior to the summit with the US President, Renzi had met with the students of Georgetown University. “In one of the most important American universities-he had written on Facebook – I wanted to emphasize the importance of culture as a tool to defeat terrorism because we can only defend our identity and our values in this way. It is with pride, I told the audience, that I do a wonderful job, leading the government of one of the most beautiful countries in the world, but it’s also a terrible job because in Italy the ‘past’, is so exciting, that sometimes to pronounce the word ‘future’ is difficult, but at the same time it is a fun job because I am convinced that the future is more interesting than the past. ”
Renzi then referred to Italy as a “Sleeping Beauty in the Woods, as if the best had already happened and we could live our present just dreaming our great past. But he added, we are here to awaken the ‘sleeping beauty’, we are here direct its future. This direction is overtime, energy, and the commitment that we have taken in this first year on the election law reform, institutional architecture, Public Administration, the fiscal matters, the Jobs act, justice, the fight against corruption, good school and innovation. For this reason, it is not possible to back on the reforms, we can’t afford to, it would be insane to waste this opportunity. For twenty years, we have looked onto globalization with fear, instead of seeing the opportunities. The world hungers for Italy and is asking it for its beauty, we can be the place of the future that appeals to the world. As Bob Kennedy said, the future is not a gift but a conquest. And we are ready “.
Translation provided by Marina Stronati