Salvini: Italy ready to break EU fiscal rules

Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini has put the European Union on notice ahead of the EU Elections, insisting that his government is ready to break EU fiscal rules if required.

Salvini told reporters today that: “If we need to break some limits, like the 3% (deficit-to-GDP ratio) or 130-140% (debt-to-GDP ratio), we’re ready to go ahead.

“Until we arrive at 5% unemployment, we will spend everything that we should and if someone in Brussels complains, that won’t be our concern.”

Earlier this year, Salvini aligned with the Polish government and announced: “We are preparing a new equilibrium and new energy in Europe and Poland and Italy, absolutely, will lead this new European spring.”

There was fury when the EU Commission blocked the Italian government’s budget last year, with Salvini saying at the time: “They’re not attacking a government but a people. These are things that will anger Italians even more and then people complain that the popularity of the European Union is at its lowest.”

Salvini was recently named by Politico as the most important MEP of the 2014-2019 European Parliament and and he’s now spearheading a pan-European alliance of parties.

“We’re working for a new European dream. Today for many citizens and peoples, the European Union represents a nightmare,” he said last month.

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