Brussels bosses have already apologized to Italy for not responding quickly enough when the country found itself at the epicenter of the epidemic in Europe. But many Italians still believe that the country has been abandoned by its neighbors.
And the brothers of the Nationalist Party of Italy said that the EU – and in particular France and Germany – should now look to its future without Italy as a member.
Italian Brothers MEP Pietro Fiocchi said: “In recent days Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has reassured a truck driver that Italy will not receive any non-repayable monetary aid.
“The Netherlands behaves like other European countries which, while supporting fiscal dumping, have shown themselves uncompromising in the face of the hypotheses of common European debt instruments to mitigate the impact of the deep economic crisis to come.
“This is not the Europe we want. It is enough to see how low the satisfaction index of Italian citizens towards the European Union is currently.
“This should force those who belong to it, especially Germany and France, to think if it is true that Italy is counting on Europe.
“Would it be the same without our country, especially after Brexit? “
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There is a bitter division as to the extent to which euro area countries should pursue a more unified economic response to the crisis.
Finance ministers are meeting tomorrow to try to develop a package of measures to create greater fiscal power on a European scale.
Italy is pushing for the euro zone to be much more ambitious by selling bonds to help finance the massive economic reconstruction efforts that lie ahead.
Brussels has set up a bailout fund called the European Stability Mechanism that countries can use, but many Italians fear that borrowing from the institution will be difficult, and stigmatize the country.
Italy is facing its worst crisis since World War II, with more than 29,000 deaths from the coronavirus, and its economy is on the verge of the deepest recession in its modern history.
Italian President Sergio Mattarella warned last month that the future of Europe is at stake if its institutions do not show solidarity with their country.
He said: “I hope everyone fully understands, before it is too late, the seriousness of the threat to Europe.”