Italy: Universities in revolt
1 December 2010
"Green light to reform, universities in revolt," headlines La Repubblica after the lower chamber approved the law named after Education minister Maria Stella Gelmini that introduces new recruiting rules, including temporary contracts for researchers, aimed at making the system more meritocratic. On November 30 students marched in almost every university city in Italy, blocking motorways and railways stations, with further protests being held by Erasmus fellows across Europe. Opposition parties backed their claims that the bill will cripple education and research. However, Irene Tinagli in La Stampa argues that "the reforms won't hurt universities, but lack of funds will. The battle against cuts is another fight altogether and should not be used as a political football".