O former president of the European Commission Roman Prodi said in an interview with La Vanguard, that the union of the countries of the south, as was seen in the last month in the face of criticism from the Netherlands regarding support to the poorest countries affected through the pandemic, it could change the course of the European Union.
When asked by the journalist whether there was, once again, a division between northern and southern Europe, the former Italian prime minister said yes, but that “the scenario has changed”.
“France, Italy and Spain have played the same game in recent weeks exceptional. If they stay that way, Europe will change, because these three countries represent half of the population, and if we add others like Portugal … This cannot be without consequences, because it is not a country alone, it is not Greece “, he said.
“But beware, this does not mean being anti-German, maybe a little more anti-Dutch, yes, but not anti-German,” he added.
In the understanding of Romano Prodi, Spain and Italy, even if they unite, “are weak”, which is why “it is important that France joined for the first time”.
Prodi he spared no criticism of the Dutch administration: “I accept lessons from those who have virtues, but from the Netherlands, which became the biggest European tax haven, I do not accept lessons, it was what was most lacking”.
The former 80-year-old ruler also commented on Italy’s stance on the pandemic. “I saw an Italy that suffers, but that has behaved like a serious country,” he said. Admitting that running a coalition “always causes problems”, he indicated, however, that “a government falls when there are alternatives”. “And right now, I don’t see them. If the economic situation doesn’t get worse, I don’t see an imminent crisis,” he said.
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