The local elections in Italy have not boosted the opposition as Prime minister Monti's leading supporters were among the relative winners. The elections also showed that the centre-right coalition of former prime minister Berlusconi has been reduced to a marginal role, says Maria-Elena Guiterrez.
The revision of the EU's border-free Schengen zone prompted by Nicolas Sarkozy and Silvio Berlusconi's reaction to the wave of immigration from North Africa will probably be a minor one, argues Yves Pascouau. But he says there are legitimate concerns regarding the apparent acceptance that the free movement of people can be limited and even dismantled.
Former Italian Prime Minister Massimo D'Alema calls on Nicolas Sakozy and Silvio Berlusconi to stop stoking the flames of anti-immigrant sentiment and urges Europe to restore solidarity with emigrant countries facing difficult economic and political circumstances.
The European Commission's proposed changes to the Schengen rules would not lead to any 'renationalisation' of borders and the EU would retain authority as to when internal border checks are reinstated, argues Yves Pascouau of the European Policy Centre.
The Italian prime minister's economic strategies may have prevented dramatic falls in his popularity in the short-term but will eventually backfire, writes Tito Boeri, professor of economics at Bocconi University in Milan.