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Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Monday, February 17, 2014

EU must help with reforms

The change at the helm of Italy's government is the next challenge for the EU, the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung observes: "After years of euro crisis the EU had hoped to have a couple of quiet months to stabilise the situation and undermine the populists before the European elections in May. ... At least Renzi has a few trumps in his pocket. He has a clean political record and he's popular, resolute and bold. ... To be successful the EU needs to bind its members closer, but in doing so it triggers a centrifugal force. It must insist on its hallmarks - freedom of movement, the euro regulations - but avoid acting like a hard-hearted governess. So what does this mean for its approach towards Italy? Demands. And support. If Renzi manages to get his country back on its feet and introduce reforms, Brussels should do more to help Italy modernise its infrastructure and give young Italians work than it has done so far. Renzi is taking up the challenge in the final phase of the endgame, for Italy and for Europe."

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