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La Repubblica - Italy | Sunday, January 17, 2016

Renzi's tactical battle with Brussels

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker vehemently rejected criticism from Rome of the budgetary targets for EU member states on Friday, prompting Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi to call for more respect for his country. Renzi is trying to score points with Italian voters, the centre-left daily La Repubblica observes: "Our prime minister is beating the election campaign drum. … This wave of nationalism is aimed at public opinion. Italy, like almost all other EU countries, is seeing its citizens grow increasingly indifferent vis-à-vis the politicians. The proportion of non-voters and voters who are against Europe and the euro now stands at 67 percent. … With this new surge of nationalism the likes of which we haven't seen since Mussolini's times, Renzi is trying to rouse the indifferent citizens into action and take the wind out of the sails of the anti-EU forces. And he might just pull it off, too."

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