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    Italian Press Prefers Clinton to Trump Despite Chance of 'Growing Instability'

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    Hillary Clinton has proven to be the presidential candidate of choice for the Italian media, which described Donald Trump as sexist and homophobic, and which preferred to keep mum on whose victory would be more favorable for Italy and international security.

    The Italian media have preferred to take Hillary Clinton's side in the US presidential debates; while describing Donald Trump as homophobic and  sexist, the media keeps mum on whose victory is more favorable for Italy and worldwide security. 

    It is an open secret that European policy highly depends on that of the United States when it comes to relations with Russia. Hillary Clinton sees Putin as an absolute evil, while Trump has signaled his readiness to develop a dialogue with Moscow and deal with NATO reforms.

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is joined by his daughter Tiffany, left, and son-in-law Jared Kushner as he speaks during a news conference at the Trump National Golf Club Westchester,  June 7, 2016, in Briarcliff Manor, NY.
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    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is joined by his daughter Tiffany, left, and son-in-law Jared Kushner as he speaks during a news conference at the Trump National Golf Club Westchester, June 7, 2016, in Briarcliff Manor, NY.

    In an interview with Sputnik, Germano Dottori of the Rome-based Luiss Guido Carli University gave his thoughts on who is the best future US President for Italy.

    "If Hillary Clinton wins, Italy will not have to change its foreign policy, and Rome will continue to severely restrict its political and economic ties with Russia," he said.

    In this regard, some of the measures taken by Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni of Italy seem to be out of line with Italy's need to lift the anti-Russian sanctions, which limit trade turnover between the EU and Russia, according to him.

    "Europe and Italy are also not interested in the growing instability in the world, something that will take place if Clinton becomes President," Dottori said.

    He recalled that during the election campaign, Clinton has focused on discussing Moscow-Washington relations, hoping to use the voters' anti-Russian sentiment to win the elections.

    In contrast, Trump has repeatedly called for cooperating with Russia to normalize the geopolitical situation, according to Dottori.

    "Although Clinton continues to pay lip-service to developing collaboration with Russia, everyone knows full well that she has other things on her mind.Under the pretext of protecting human rights, she is ready to re-stoke tensions in Ukraine and shift them to Belarus and Armenia," he said.

    "Trump, however, seeks to refocus NATO's efforts on the fight against international terrorism and radical Islam, believing that such a goal could be the basis of effective cooperation between NATO and Europe with Russia," Dottori added.

    In this vein, Russian experts say that Italian public opinion has yet to learn to perceive international relations from the point of view of geopolitics.
    Right now, both the media and the government in Italy try to tout Hillary Clinton and the United States as an example to follow.

    In the event of a Trump victory, they will continue to attack him, as they once attacked Ronald Reagan, and they will describe Trump as the President who is unable to call the shots, the experts concluded.

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