November 16, 2018
This sure is escalating quickly.
The headline in the media is the 60% disapproval rating, but a much more revealing number is the 7% approval rating. That is a really, really low number.
More than half of Italians polled are losing trust in the EU as just seven percent still believe the institution has their best interests at heart. These bombshell revelations come as Italy is still on a collision course with the EU after refusing to change its budget plan. The populist coalition defied the European Commission and vowed not to alter a draft plan on its spending.
The Italian government insists it won’t change its deficit target of 2.4 percent for 2019 so it can fulfil its election promises.
Italy has been embroiled in a bitter row with Brussels over its budget deficit, with the European Commission setting a Tuesday deadline for Rome to respond to its demands.
The ultimatum from Brussels is unprecedented in its dealings with EU states.
Two-thirds of Italians believe that the EU’s policies on food damage products made in Italy and only 10 percent believe the Italian agri-food sector is benefitting from EU choices.
A spokesperson for Coldiretti said: “The clear majority of Italians therefore believe that community regulation and the recent choices regarding international treaties are not adequate to guarantee quality, safety but also respect for the gastronomical traditions of Italy.”
Istituto Ixe interviewed 1,000 Italians between September 28 and October 5 2018.
This is a legit “collision course.”
Obviously, if Italy exits the EU, the EU is going to do everything in their power to make them suffer. But they’re going to have a hard time doing much of anything to anyone, because if Italy leaves, they themselves will collapse.
Furthermore, both traditional superpowers – The US and Russia – have an interest in the EU collapsing, and would certainly be ready to make some very generous deals with Italy if Italy decided to make that move.
I’m not an economist. I don’t know the details of this. But I would think that if Italy left the EU, got loans from Russia and/or the US, then started printing their own money, it would be a rough ride for a few years and then they would ultimately be in a better position economically than they are now.
But the kicker is the immigrants. Right now, the people of Italy are so sick of these animals flooding their country and wrecking their streets, raping and murdering their girls, begging for free everything and just generally running amok that economic setbacks are hardly going to be noticed as Emperor Salvini goes from street to street to round these people up and send them back to wherever the hell they came from.