Speaking to Express.co.uk, Mr D’Andrea argued that Germany is the emblem of sovereignty and independence in the European Union. He claimed that Chancellor Merkel was only acting in the interest of her own nation, despite proclaiming herself an ambassador for European unity.
He said: “Germany is a state which is in fact sovereign because it accepts the European Union where it is not in conflict with its constitution since it has succeeded in imposing what was in fact the Germany’s economic structure at European level.
“For them, their constitution takes precedence over the European treaties, so the treaty is an instrument that is fully in line with the constitution.
“But even when it came to wars, without positions, without declaiming, in fact, Germany has always shown independence.
“When Trump first raised objections, Merkel openly said ‘we have to arm ourselves, we have to find another alliance if the United States is no longer protecting us.’
“Unthinkable things if they were said by an Italian.
“So, in its own way, Germany is a sovereign and independent state and therefore pursues its own interests.
“When Merkel doesn’t do it, she doesn’t do it because the EU tells her not to.
“When she’s not doing something, she isn’t doing it because it suits her.”
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Asked how he viewed Ms von der Leyen’s attempt to ban all EU vaccine exports to Northern Ireland, Mr D’Andrea said: “Regarding the UK , it seems to me that there has been an extremist attitude in the European Union from the very beginning.
“In fact, it is not allowed that anyone can leave the EU.
“Even in Italy, all pro-Europeans have this idea.
“I’m talking about law professors who suffered from Brexit when it was a problem that did not concern them.
“It therefore seems to me that the Commission was perfectly in tune, at least at the declamatory level, with this position.
“They’ve always had a tough attitude from the start.”
Mr D’Andrea also lambasted the head of the Commission for his “unrealistic” promise to ensure that 70% of Europeans will be vaccinated by the end of summer 2021.
He said: “The European Union does not have an administrative machine but uses state administrative machines.
“So someone in the European Union who says ‘we’ll do this in seven months’ is already an idiot if he believes it.
“How can you make such an unrealistic statement?”
“It’s patently unrealistic, you can’t believe it, you don’t know things, you don’t control them.
“The European Union is totally absurd.”