Is the Italian Public Law enough? Constitutional issues on the ESM Reform.

During the negotiation of the ESM’s reform, a heated debate has inflamed the Italian political situation. A row over the necessity of a parliamentary consensus on the reform of the Treaty involved certain political parties. They questioned the content of the reform but also how the Italian Government handled the negotiation without involving the Parliament. The paper will focus on the constitutional provisions concerning the relationship between the Italian Government and Parliament in negotiating international Treaties. Focusing on this perspective, it will try to understand if the Italian debate can be considered as a “Ridiculous Drama” pointing out to what extent parliamentary participation rights can be exercise in order to influence the ESM reform and whether a review of legislation is proper in furtherance of the commitment to deal with the growing issue of a political control over international provisions directly affecting the national budgetary and political sovereignty.