Napolitano warns European unity under attack
Cooperation in EU contributes to peace, says Italian president24 March, 11:39
"Peace cannot ever be taken for granted, but is an achievement," said Napolitano.
But today, he added, "various parties are trying to discredit and attack," institutions such as the European Union that contribute to peace and unity.
With elections upcoming in May for the European Parliament, opponents of the EU are rallying and these should be countered, said Napolitano.
"We must remember...that we cannot play with these opponents who tend to discredit our heritage of the struggle for freedom," he added.
Napolitano spoke during a ceremony to commemorate the March 1944 massacre of 335 men and boys at Rome's Fosse Ardeatine, a network of caves on the southern edge of the city.
Nazis soldiers carried out the murders in a reprisal for a partisan attack that killed 33 German soldiers.
In retaliation, for every one German killed, the army seized 10 Italians including civilians as well as numerous political prisoners and Jews who were in custody,+plus another five more also executed.