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However, the deal does not cover the common debt to finance the recovery that Italy, France and Spain were asking for but which was rejected by Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and Finland. Italy has been ravaged by the coronavirus and until recently had the most deaths in the world. Today, 49% of the 1,000 Italians questioned are in favor of leaving the EU, according to a poll by the Institut Tecne.

This is 20 percent more “Italiexit” supporters than a year and a half ago when the question was last posed to the public.

The investigation was carried out on April 9 and 10 – shortly before the aid deal.

It echoes the results of another survey, carried out by Termometro, which found that 39.9% of Italians are in favor of leaving the EU.

Meanwhile, 40.9% want to stay, and the rest are either in favor of leaving only the eurozone or of staying, even without EU membership.

“Italians have already become very suspicious of Europe.

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“There is a risk that an ‘Italexit‘ will be triggered,” said the director of the Jacques Delors Institute Sébastien Maillard on the consequences of the coronavirus crisis.

The current situation has something to shake up the structure of the EU, according to the Parisian expert.

Likewise, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte warned that the very existence of the EU would be threatened if countries could not unite to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

He told the Financial Times newspaper that monetary policies alone would not solve the problem.

“Monetary policy alone cannot solve all problems; we need to do the same on the fiscal front, ”said Mr. Conte.

“The way forward is to open MES (European Stability Mechanism) credit lines to all Member States to help them tackle the consequences of the COVID-19 epidemic”,

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In countries most affected by the virus, such as Italy, where citizens have entered the fifth week of strict quarantine, people might start to feel that they can no longer count on the solidarity of traditional partners.

“A Europe without Italy is a mortal danger,” said Maillard.

“After Brexit, you cannot imagine that any other country would leave the EU, especially a founding country.”

The expected recession in many countries could trigger a social crisis and strengthen nationalist forces.

Former European Commission President Jacques Delors, 94, who led Brussels authorities from 1985 to 1995, warned last month of a lack of European solidarity during the crisis.

Italy recorded its lowest number of new deaths from COVID-19 in more than three weeks, with 431 more people dying in 24 hours. The country’s tool of death has overtaken China and now stands at 19,899.

The number of patients admitted to intensive care with the virus was lower for the ninth consecutive day – showing that the curve is starting to flatten.


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