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Italy and the EU: there is no good outcome from here

The European Union has taken the unprecedented step of rejecting the Italian budget

By Luigi Scazzieri  

Italy's Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini. Photo: Pierre Teyssot/Maxppp/PA Images

The European Commission request that Italy revise its budget for 2019 marks an unprecedented step. Italy now has three weeks to comply, but the two sides appear to be on a collision course. The Commission will find itself in an increasingly awkward position: it could double down on demands that Italy rewrite its budget and move towards a hefty fine if they refuse, or it could cut Italy’s coalition government some slack—but both choices would have negative consequences.

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