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The EU needs to counter Italy’s coronavirus-induced Euroscepticism

Only concerted economic measures will prevent further disillusionment with the bloc

By Luigi Scazzieri  

(191213) -- BRUSSELS, Dec. 13, 2019 (Xinhua) -- European Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen (L) talks with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte before a round-table meeting at the second day of the EU summit at the EU headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, Dec. 13, 2019. (Xinhua/Zhang Cheng) Zhang Cheng/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

The coronavirus crisis may be unprecedented in living memory, but for many Italians the EU’s reaction has been no surprise. After the migration and eurozone crises, the EU’s initially poor response has reinforced concerns that the bloc is unwilling to help when Italy is most in need. Italy is the European country that has been hardest hit by the pandemic, with almost 14,000 deaths. After over three weeks of…

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