Euroscepticism rises in Italy

The pandemic has witnessed pro-Brussels voices being drowned out by a fresh wave of Euroscepticism. Italians have been left seething by the EU’s slow and lacklustre response in the effort to unite and fight COVID19 as a united partnership.

European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen has been made to offer an apology, conceding the bloc had failed Italy. But her concession that was remorseful has fallen mainly on deaf ears, with its member state continuing to grow a hatred for Brussels. “I don’t know if Europe is going to be able to regain that trust.”

Shock opinion polls completed over the previous month has painted a gloomy picture of the recent relationship of Italy. In one, 59 per cent of respondents said the nation’s EU membership currently makes no sense. And in a different poll, the results showed China, where coronavirus originated was labelled a friend and almost half of Italians described Germany an enemy.

Prime minister Giuseppe Conte has tried to reverse the fretting trend in his nation, pleading with EU leaders to do more to help rebuild the bloc’s third-largest economy. He’ll join colleagues for a virtual summit Thursday, once more hoping to push the production of “coronabonds” to discuss the debt of their recovery from the worldwide pandemic. Germany and the Netherlands have rejected the notion, leaving an unlikely prospect to it.

Pier Paolo Baretta, of the finance ministry, said: “If Italians don’t see a positive outcome, euroscepticism will grow, also an anti-Germany policy which could be rooted in our country’s deep psychological past. “In our historic memory, Germany has always been an adversary in times of difficulty.”

Italians have witnessed over 24,000 families, colleagues and friends lose their lives to coronavirus because of the outbreak. As they struggled to keep as many patients living as 22, hospitals from the areas have been left on the verge. During this time France and Germany banned the exports of medical equipment and protective gear entering Italy.

European Central Bank leader Christine Lagarde triggered a massive sell-off with her effort to prop the Eurozone economy up in the markets that were Italian. Now Matteo Salvini’s Brussels-bashing League party is once more on the rise after being forced from the government.

The eurosceptic movement is the most popular political party of Italy, and its leader is currently playing to a crowd sickened by eurocrats’ actions. “This isn’t a union,” Mr Salvini last month wrote on Twitter. “We defeat the virus, then we’ve got a rethink about Europe. In case it helps, we say goodbye, without even a thank you.”

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