Brussels’ reaction to Italy’s budget would have been softer if it was dealing with a more mainstream government. That was the claim of Latvian MEP Roberts Zile, reacting on Euronews’ Raw Politics programme to the European Commission's threat of sanctions against Rome.
The perfect storm has started for Italy. The European Commission says it considers the Italian budget draft to be in particularly serious non-compliance with EU fiscal rules and opted for a procedure for excessive debt. Commissioner Moscovici said there are unsolved doubts about increasing deb
After an Italian MEP rubbed his shoe on EU Commissioner Pierre Moscovici's notes as he held a press conference on the rejection of Italy's draft budget, Moscovici warned that when he laugh at such episodes, it banalises it leading to a deafening silence before we wake up to fascism.
Rome goes ahead and defends its draft budget, opening a match with Brussels that could last a long time. Italy has replied to the letter sent by Commissioner Moscovici and Dombrovskis, asking for clarifications about the deviations from the European parameters.