Fifteen months late, Italy has finally adopted the European arrest warrant, the last of the 25 EU member states to do so.
The warrant introduced last year to fast-track extraditions of serious crime suspects between EU states. The measure was agreed in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States and was hailed as a key part of the bloc’s fight against terrorism. Italy’s government — most notably coalition partner the Northern League — has always been highly critical of the measure, arguing that it gives foreign magistrates too much power to interfere in Italy’s domestic affairs. In the vote in Rome’s parliament, more members either abstained or rejected the warrant than supported it. The warrant applies in case of any on a list of 32 crimes, including murder, fraud, human trafficking and paedophile activities.