- ‘We’ll KNEEL No Longer!’ Italy-EU Clash BOILS Over as Salvini Dismisses ‘THREAT’ Letter
by AURORA BOSOTTI, https://www.express.co.uk/
ITALY Interior Minister Matteo Salvini hit back at the European Union for “threatening” the country to change its 2019 budget proposal, urging Italians to take to the streets to signal Rome “will kneel no longer.”
The Italian Deputy Prime Minister dismissed calls from the EU for “clarifications” on Italy‘s new budget proposal. Matteo Salvini lashed out at Brussels, calling on Italians to march down the streets on December 8 to signal their unity and support for their ministers’ economic policy. Addressing citizens with a live video on his Facebook page, the Lega leader said: “Mothers, fathers and children telling those Brussels misters ‘let us work, let us live’.
“We have a right to work, a right to health, a right to education, a right to a pension. In Brussels they have nothing else to do but send us disapproving letters, threatening letters, telling us to change our budget plan, not to change our pension law. Telling us not to reduce taxation but to actually add more.”
Mr Salvini once again reiterated the government will not give in to pressure from Brussels to change its budget proposal despite Economic Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici rejecting it and giving the Lega and its coalition partners in the 5 Star Movement (M5S) three weeks to make changes. He continued: “No, the budget proposal coming to Parliament is a policy which allows Italy to grow and helps Italians. “Nothing and nobody, no big or small letter will make us backtrack. Italy will no longer be a slave and will no longer kneel down.”
Earlier this week, the European Union threatened to sanction Rome with a hefty fine unless the budget changes are made but Italian economists have belittled the warning as a “little thing” compared to the economic boost Italy is expected to benefit thanks to the new economic policy.