Crime and Court news / Foreign relations

Dutch hooligans wreck havoc in Rome, should the Netherlands pay?

After groups of Dutch hooligans wrecked havoc in Rome, permanently damaging Bernini’s Barcaccia, the Dutch Embassy in Rome expressed its solidarity to the Italian Government and promised that the Hague Authorities will find and punish the perpetrators. However, the Embassy also precised that no reparation will be paid by the Dutch Government, but only by the offenders personally. Pursuant to international law, the Embassy is perfectly right, since States are not held responsible for the actions of their citizens, but only of their public organs. However, in international relations the law is not everything; and politically, was was dubbed “the last sack of Rome” has really ignited the indignation of the Italian public.


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