Research Fellow @CER_EU | European security, the EU, and Italy | PhD from @KingsCollegeLon | RT ≠ endorsement
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Sep 28, 2018 • 8 tweets • 2 min read
The 5 Star League coalition in #Italy is now 4 months old. What should we make of it? A thread @CER_EU
Italy has a more confrontational approach to the EU picking fights on migration, the EU budget and Italy’s finances. Salvini has driven the agenda on immigration, and the League has benefitted – polling 30% vs 17% in the general election
Jun 1, 2018 • 10 tweets • 2 min read
Thread on #Italy: 3 months after elections, Italy has a government representing 50 per cent of Italians. Any other solution would have seemed confected and undemocratic. The Five Star and the League will now have to come to terms with the reality of government @CER_EU
Italy's President took risks by vetoing Savona's appointment as finance minister, yet ultimately prevailed when the League and the 5S came back to the negotiating table and accepted that he would have to be moved to another ministry.
May 13, 2018 • 8 tweets • 2 min read
There is no firm deal yet. But worth reflecting on what a 5Star-Lega government would mean for EU: Italy unlikely to be a spoiler unless it is is pushed THREAD from longer piece here cer.eu/insights/what-…politico.eu/article/5stars…@CER_EU1) Eurozone reform more difficult. Even though Lega and 5S toned down idea of immediately implementing 'flat tax' and universal basic income and unlikely to breach 3pct budget deficit rule their stance pits them against Commission + gives Germany excuse to go give up on reform.