Economy / Foreign relations

Italy disappointed by new European Commission

The Italian press is already calling it “the Kommission”, since it is dominated – at least in the vital area of economy – by two pro-German, pro-austerity Vice-Presidents, Mr Jyrki Katainen from Finland and Mr Valdis Dombrovskis from Latvia.

It is true that the French Pierre Moscovici was appointed commissioner for Economy, but he will operate under the supervision of both Mr Katainen and Mr Dombrovskis.

It should be noted that each Vice-President holds a veto power, and can thus block any decision by the Commission.

The Italian Government is accused of wasting time and energy in landing for Mrs Francesca Mogherini the prestigious yet relatively powerless job of High Representative for foreign affairs.

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