Foreign relations / Politics / Transport

The embarrassing coverage of the Germanwings disaster in Italy

Disasters like the one of Germanwings flight 9525 will usually trigger an emphatic and emotive answer from Italy. This time, however, things were different.

The rightist newspaper Il Giornale, belonging to Mr Berlusconi’s family, mocked Germany stating that the country had found in the suicide co-pilot “its own Schettino”. Having a nationalist tone, Il Giornale had resented the coverage in foreign newspapers of the Costa Concordia disaster. Moreover, it is particularly hostile to Germany, which in some nationalist circles is accused of engineering a plot to overthrow Mr Berlusconi’s Government in 2011.

Beppe Grillo, the leader of the Five Stars Movement, instead exploited the tragedy to target Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. On Mr Grillo’s blog, Mr Renzi was compared to the suicide co-pilot since “these are two cases of a lone man in command who barricaded himself avoiding any external interference. From within the cockpit Mr Lubitz sealed the door, Mr Renzi dissolved the Senate and every internal opposition and turned the Parliament into a rubber stamp”.

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