Economy / Foreign relations

Italy versus the world



Everyone wants to bomb Syria, including France. Not Italy, with Prime Minister Matteo Renzi warning against “a new Libya”.

Mr Renzi also attacked the European Institutions, which criticized his announcement that the real estate tax will be lowered (Brussels would prefer different fiscal cuts instead).

Mr Renzi’s Minister of Transportation, Graziano Delrio, released a very harsh statement on the Wolkswagen case, calling the behavior of the German car maker “a very serious issue, a fraud against citizens as well as against regulating Authorities”. Mr Delrio added that the Italian Authorities will make checks and tests of the Wolkswagen cars, and that a class action by the consumers could well follow.

The Wolkswagen scandal showed how sick and tired Italy is of its inferiority complex towards Berlin, with Mr Renzi saying that Italy, if it implements the right policies, can be “better than Germany”.

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