- EU DIVIDED: One Rule for Macron And One for Another! Brussels Risks FURY Over FAVOURITISM
by TOM NELLIST, https://www.express.co.uk/
BRUSSELS has risked accusations of favouritism after turning a blind eye to golden boy Emmanuel Macron’s controversial budget deficit proposals – despite previously condemning Italy’s populist government for doing the same.
EU budget commissioner Günther Oettinger sparked outrage in Rome by admitting the bloc will accept France’s budget, despite the deficit target being above the three percent allowed by Brussels, hinting the reason is because Macron is a “strong supporter.” The move is believed to have angered Italy’s government, which had to climb down in a bitter long-running row with Brussels after the EU demanded they overhaul their budget proposals for also running a higher than permitted deficit target. Macron has been warned the special dispensation will only be tolerated once by the EU but the move will have infuriated the leaders of Italy’s ruling coalition government.