Italexit: an expert explains why Italy “could push for Italexit”
And while Dr Marina Cino Pagliarello, of the London School of Economics, said the prospect of ‘Italexit’ becoming a reality was distant, a growing wave of resentment meant it could not be ruled out in the future. Gianluigi Paragone launched his fledgling outfit, modeled on Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party, last week, the same day the EU unveiled its controversial Â£ 677 billion coronavirus recovery plan.
The proposals had split the bloc at the European Council summit, with members of the so-called frugal four objecting that much of the figure was in non-repayable grants.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, among others, has suggested that this will lead to a surge in public spending in countries to the south of the bloc, particularly Italy, which have been hit hardest by the pandemic.
Dr Cino Pagliarello told Express.co.uk: “It was a pretty tense European Council summit, also because we saw that during the COVID-19 pandemic, the role of the European Union was quite weak in the start.
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I’m not sure we can really speak of euroscepticism, but there is a feeling of disenchantment
âSo a lot of resentment started regarding the lack of solidarity, especially in Italy.
“I’m not sure we can really speak of Euroscepticism, but there is a feeling of disenchantment, but the same optimistic view of Europe is no longer present.
“When we talk about Europe, it’s more a problem of priorities and what to do with them.”
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As for Italy’s domestic politics, Dr Cino Pagliarello foresaw problems for the ruling coalition led by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.
She explained: “September / October is going to be the period of the greatest challenge for the Italian government. Italy must implement financial policies in line with EU recommendations and, in the context of the exacerbation of the crisis economic post-COVID 19, current government coalitions could face serious challenges, which could lead to another election with Conte or with a technocratic government. â
Turning her attention to the founder of the new No Europe for Italy party, launched after a meeting with Mr Farage in London last Monday, she added: âGianluigi Paragone founded his own party, No Europa for Italy in July after being kicked out. of the Five Star Movement for opposing the party to be in a government coalition with the Democratic Party, although he is still in the Italian parliament as a senator.
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Before Gianluigi’s emergence, Matteo Salvini was probably Italy’s best-known Eurosceptic
“He’s a former TV reporter who aligns himself with Nigel Farage’s policies.
“As a journalist, he was a kind of genius at the level of political communication, launching his recovery fund party the same day.”
Evaluating his chances, she said: “It is too early to say what kind of political impact he might have.
âIt’s too early to see him dominate but he has support.
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“The issue of monetary sovereignty, ie leaving the euro, is the main basis of the slogan.”
As to the chances of Italy following the UK out of the EU, Dr Cino Pagliarello said: âItalexit is a very distant possibility – Italexit is basically a slogan really.
“Italians are aware that without Europe we could be completely ruined but you never know for the future.
“In Italy there is a north / south divide and there is less support to leave the EU in the south than in Lombardy and Veneto, due to all the EU support for the lesser regions. poorer.
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“In opposition, the Lega is more opposed to Europe than when it was in government because when you are the opposition party, you can say whatever you want.”
Of course, Mr Paragone’s decision somewhat eclipsed the one who until last week was widely regarded as the standard bearer of Italian Euroscepticism – Lega leader Matteo Salvini.
Dr Cino Pagliarello said: “But Salvini never said ‘let’s leave Europe’.
“Matteo Salvini is Eurosceptic – but not to the point of wanting to take Italy out of the European Union.”