21:43 26 January 2021
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On the future of Italy

Top diplomats in Warsaw told the WBJ about the future from their countries’ perspective in the coronavirus era. What is the opinion of Aldo Amati, Italian ambassador?

On the future of Italy
Source: Photo by David Ramírez on Unsplash

How high are your country’s hopes for 2021 in light of the vaccine announcement/s?

The announcements have raised hopes and have given some reassurance that a long-term solution is on the way, allowing people and investors to look toward 2021 with greater confidence. There is in Italy a strong desire to move forward. Ours is a very open country with a population of active people and entrepreneurs always on the move – business or leisure. Tourism is also a strong pillar of our economy, already too much affected in 2020. Ultimately, hopes are high but at the moment there is cautious optimism and the awareness that a strong commitment from everyone is essential to recover.

What does a Biden-Harris presidency mean for your country’s ties with the US?

The friendship between Italy and the US has deep and historical roots. We share a set of values and a solid longstanding alliance. I’m sure that under the Biden-Harris presidency, our two countries – and the entire EU – will be able to further strengthen the bonds of deep-rooted friendship, in the name of the common values of freedom, justice, and democracy. The international community needs the support of the US, which has long played a leading role in building the rules of multilateralism, to deal with an unprecedented crisis that is endangering the health, life, and future of millions of people.

How are Christmas and NYE celebrations in your country going to be different this year?

The Christmas atmosphere is very special in Italy. It is something that changes the shape of our cities and towns, making them even more spectacular. It is sad to think that this year will be different. While it could be a period for commercial activities and maybe even a breath of fresh air for our economy, parties, lunches, and dinners with friends and relatives are among the best ways to promote the spread of the virus. Surely it will not yet be possible to kiss, hug or organize Christmas and NYE celebration dinners and events the way our long-lasting traditions require.

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