Dr Cino Pagliarello told Express.co.uk: ‘It was a pretty tense European Council summit, also because we saw that during the COVID-19 pandemic, the role of the European Union was rather weak at first. .
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I’m not sure you can really speak of Euroscepticism, but there is a feeling of disenchantment
“So a lot of resentment started about the lack of solidarity, especially in Italy.
“I’m not sure you can really speak of Euroscepticism, but there is a feeling of disenchantment, but the same optimistic view of Europe is no longer present.
“When we talk about Europe it’s more about priorities and what you want to do with them. ”
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As for Italy’s domestic politics, Dr Cino Pagliarello foresaw problems for the ruling coalition led by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.
She explained: “September / October is going to be the time of the greatest challenge for the Italian government. Italy must implement financial policies following EU recommendations and, in the post-COVID 19 exacerbation of the economic crisis, current government coalitions could face serious challenges, which could lead to another election with Conte or with a technocratic government. ”
Turning her attention to the founder of the new No Europe for Italy party, launched after a meeting with Mr Farage in London last Monday, she added: “Gianluigi Paragone founded his own party, No Europa for Italy in July after being kicked out. of the Five Star Movement to oppose the party from being in a government coalition with the Democratic Party, although he is still in the Italian parliament as a senator.
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“He’s a former TV journalist who aligns himself with Nigel Farage’s policies.
“As a journalist, he was a kind of genius at the level of political communication, launching his party on the same day from the Recovery Fund. ”
Evaluating his chances, she said: “It is too early to say what kind of political impact he might have.
“It’s too early to see him dominate but he has support.
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“The question of monetary sovereignty, that is to say the exit from the euro, is the main basis of the slogan. ”
As to Italy’s chances of following the UK out of the EU, Dr Cino Pagliarello said: “Italexit is a very remote possibility – Italexit is basically a slogan actually.
“Italians are aware that without Europe we could be completely ruined, but you never know for the future.
“In Italy there is a north / south divide and there is less support to leave the EU in the south than in Lombardy and Veneto, because of all the EU aid to the poorest regions .
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“In opposition, the Lega is more opposed to Europe than when it was in government because when you are the opposing party, you can say whatever you want. ”
Of course, Mr Paragone’s decision somewhat overshadowed the man who until last week was generally regarded as the standard-bearer of Italian Euroscepticism – Lega leader Matteo Salvini.
Dr. Cino Pagliarello said, “But Salvini never said, ‘Let’s leave Europe.’
“Matteo Salvini is a Eurosceptic – but not to the point of wanting to get Italy out of the European Union. “