An “armed waltz turn”?

Every student of diplomatic history learns that Italian foreign policy is characterized by frequent “strategic shifts”. Bernhard von Bülow defined these frequent changes in Italian foreign policy orientation as “the policy of Waltz Turns”. More than one century later, Italian diplomatic choices on Libya are just the latest example of such a stance. An arsenal of weaponry mysteriously disappeared from a depot at La Maddalena, in Sardinia, and Italian government has blocked a judiciary investigation, claiming state secrecy. Were these weapons delivered to Libyan rebels?

Italian: Corriere della Sera; Il Sole 24 Ore; Il Riformista; Il Fatto Quotidiano

English: The Guardian; The Indipendent; The Daily Mail

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