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Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Renzi's impudence a tactical manoeuvre

The tone has grown harsher in the dispute between Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker over budget deficit limits. Renzi has now accused the EU of trying to take control of Italy. But there's a strategy behind his vocal criticism, the centre-left daily Tages-Anzeiger points out: "This is what wrangling looks like in Europe. Normally the whole process is very civilised, particularly among the major states. Matteo Renzi, however, clearly has different intentions this time in brashly picking a fight with Brussels (and also with Berlin). Particularly now that Germany is preoccupied with its own affairs. The crescendo is a race he can't lose no matter how much he is criticised for it in Italy. In Brussels (and in Berlin) no one can seriously be interested in seeing the reformer from Italy and the only passionate European among its leaders fail. Even if he does hit the wrong note every now and then."

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