The row over the Italian Budget between the EU and the Italian government is reaching the boiling point. Eurocrats have told Italy to ‘clarify’ its proposals however, Italian Deputy Prime Minister, Matteo Salvini has delivered a stinging rebuke, saying that Italy will ‘kneel no longer’ and calling Italians onto the streets to demonstrate their disgust at the EU diktats.
Speaking on a video on his Facebook page, he said: “Mothers, fathers and children telling those Brussels misters ‘let us work, let us live’.We have a right to work, a right to health, a right to education, a right to a pension. In Brussels they have nothing else to do but send us disapproving letters, threatening letters, telling us to change our budget plan, not to change our pension law. Telling us not to reduce taxation but to actually add more.”
Brussels continues to threaten Italy with heavy fines if they fail to comply with its request to change its Budget. However, a Italian economist, Antonio Maria Rinaldi, backed the government’s hardline stance: “As a matter of fact, if they went ahead with some pecuniary sanctions as provided by the Treaties and the regulations, they wouldn’t go over the 0.2percent of GDP, something like €3 or €4 billion, which would be a little thing compared to the advantages Italy could benefit from with a strong budget proposal. If Italy approved a budget with several extra percentage points of the deficit which would activate public investments, the advantage would be a lot higher than the potential fine – which I must stress has never been imposed to anyone anyway.”
Italy’s government is fast becoming the leader in the charge of the European people against the Brussels Eurocracy.