Rome has vowed it won’t back down over Italy’s controversial budget and said it should service as a recipe for the rest of the continent.
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.
Tensions between Italy and Brussels increase as the European Commission reviews the country's draft budget.
Spouses, children and parents of terror victims will now be entitled to €30,000, while siblings will receive €15,000.
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Thousands of pensioners have held a rally in the centre of Athens, protesting over fears of further cuts in their payments
UK Finance minister, Philip Hammond has delivered his second annual Budget revealing lower growth, more borrowing and an extra 3.4 billion euros to deliver Brexit
Talks on the UK's departure from the EU are deadlocked over Britain's financial settlement.
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