German Chancellor Angela Merkel is using her clout as the most powerful political leader in the EU to try to make sure that Matteo Salvini is kept out of the Italian government, and the new M5S-PD coalition firmly established.
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Merkel Promised Italy Debt Relief if Salvini Falls
by Karel Meissner
September 5, 2019
So far, the intervention of EU Budget Commissioner Günther Oettinger in Italy’s domestic policy has already been regarded as maximum audacity: in the SWR daily he described the divide between the Lega and the 5-Star Movement as a “good development”, if it leads to “a pro-European government” that “shows where the limits are to a populist who makes politics in swimming trunks”.
And so that the Social Democrats (PD) and five-stars, whose objectives are hardly compatible, would nevertheless go to bed with each other, Oettinger promised a fat reward: they would certainly be prepared “to do everything to make the work of the new Italian government easier and thus reward it”.
But even this audacity was outbid again, according to a report by Italy’s Il Giornale. And that by a call from Angela Merkel (CDU) to the PD! On the phone, the Chancellor is said to have described the reward that Oettinger had hinted at. Salvini had to be stopped “at all costs”. In return, she said, she had granted the Social Democrats, for example, relief on the national debt, which the country had previously been denied in Brussels.
Merkel has thus once again made it clear that she does not care at all about the will of the voters. According to a survey, Salvini is Italy’s most popular politician, while the Social Democrats were unambiguously voted out of office recently.