When Italy was hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, she called out for help but the European Union failed to respond. For its part, Germany callously banned the export of masks.
Mindful of the cold shoulder they got from the EU during the 2008 economic crisis, the 2015 migrant crisis and the coronavirus crisis of 2020, the number of Italians disgruntled with the EU shot up to 67%.
Another poll showed that following Germany’s reactions to the recent crises and its current overtures toward Libya (the former Italian colony), 45% of Italians now see Germany as an “enemy”.
After Chinese aid was delivered to Italy during the pandemic, 52% of Italians consider China to be a “friend”.
Fearful of a looming Italyxit, German Foreign Affairs Minister Heiko Maas (photo with his counterpart Luigi Di Maio), decided to promote German-Italian solidarity, notably by receiving a certain number of Italian Covid-19 patients in German hospitals.
» Lees verder
“We go to battle against the plutocratic and reactionary democracies of the West.”
It’s comically ironic. France has now recalled its ambassador from Rome in a mounting row over Italy’s alleged “interference” in French internal political affairs. This is at the same that France and other European states are joining in a brazen campaign by the United States to overthrow the elected president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro. Irony doesn’t come much thicker than that.
The row between France and Italy is but the latest in a long-running spat between French President Emmanuel Macron and the newly elected coalition government in Rome. The Italian government is an unlikely coalition between the left-leaning Five Star Movement (5SM) and a rightwing party, La Lega (The League).
» Lees verder
Update: Following what must have been a full court press by the top brass in Brussels on EU budget commissioner, Guenther Oettinger, to retract his statement that “the markets will lead Italians not to vote much longer for the populists”, which as we reported earlier infuriated Italians because it revealed the true nature of “democracy” in Europe, Oettinger found himself with no way out but to apologize for a comment that would have assured a negative outcome in the upcoming Italian Euro referendum:
- OETTINGER APOLOGISES FOR HIS COMMENTS ON ITALY, SAYS DID NOT MEAN TO BE DISRESPECTFUL: RTRS
Unlike ABC and Roseanne, he doubt the EU will cancel the “Oettinger Show” as yet another unelected bureaucrat is allowed to slide after exposing the truth about what democracy really means to Europe: keep voting until you get the outcome we want.
* * *
When it comes to Italy, unlike most other insolvent European nations which at least have an passing ideological affinity toward the EU and the common currency project, the Italian population has been growing increasingly disenchanted and belligerent over the years toward the EU, and as shown in the BofA chart below, Italians score the lowest when answering if “EU membership has benefited the country” or if “the EU contributes to economic growth in the country.”
Between the growing animosity toward Europe, and the recent political chaos in Rome, where the country’s president – under implicit orders from Europe – blocked the formation of a democratically-elected parliament just because he didn’t like the Euroskeptic finance minister, one would think that Europe would keep a lower profile and certainly not say any words out of place that may further infuriate the Italians, who are not set to vote not only in a repeat round of national elections, but what is shaping up to be a nationwide referendum on the euro.
So what does Europe do? With all the grace of a drunk elephant (not to be confused with Jean-Claude Juncker) in an Italian China store, Europe uttered not one but several words very badly out of place.
And the reason why Italians are seething with growing rage aimed squarely at Europe’s unelected institutions,
» Lees verder