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With the ever-growing division in the EU, French President Emmanuel Macron could lead the charge for a breakaway group made up of member-states if EU chiefs refuse to accept his demand for coronavirus pandemic aid, this is according to a leading EU expert.
This division grows from frustrations that have built up out of northern EU member-states who are refusing to compromise on financial; demands from Italy, Spain and France.
Francesco Rizzuto, who is a Professor of European law, told RT that he could see the EU splitting into 2 or 3 different blocs once this pandemic comes to an end. Rizzuto highlighted the change in public opinion in Italy, saying “Italy is completely fed up with the EU.”
The RT presenter asked if Macron could lead a splinter group in the EU bloc. He asked: “What about the unity of the union? Is that at stake? Could we see a breakaway group led by France?”
Professor Rizzuto then stated: “I think that if the northern states are not careful, we will have a stark division of Europe between north and south.”
The RT presenter went on to ask: “But what about countries following what Britain has just done and exiting the EU?” The EU expert stated: “It is possible. We are in the realms of speculation. I think they may come up with a last-ditch solution to this but what matters is what comes after.
“The Italians are completely fed up with the European Union. Not only over the closure of the frontiers, as are the Spaniards, but now the EU seems not even willing to help them with the consequences of the coronavirus crisis.
“The Italian government doesn’t want the EU to write off Italy’s past debts, and that is what is really annoying Italy. “Italy really want help, as do Spain, as do France, with the present crisis. It’s public opinion afterwards, even if the EU agree on aid later today, that will determine the bloc’s future.”
Earlier in the interview, the professor pointed out that the deadlock in the EU talks was due to the defiance of the Netherlands. He said: “The Germans are now on the same side as the French – it’s actually the Dutch that are holding out.” The professor: “They want real strings attached to using that mechanism whereas the French, the Italians, and the Spanish have said no, the only condition should be its use for health purposes.”
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