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Gunnar Jonsson: France's trouble a gift for Italy

It has always been easier for big countries to be in breach of EU rules. Who would impose fines on Germany? Or France? It is also what they themselves have said when they have struck the ball outside the sideline.

in the autumn, been in a noisy feud with the EUROPEAN commission about their budget. Brussels-called the deficit of 2.4% of gdp, an unprecedented breach of the regulations, especially as public debt is over 130 per cent of gdp. A new proposal of slightly more than 2.0 per cent were approved on Wednesday, after långligt thinking.

Although the government Femstjärnerörelsen and Lega, just shot up their expensive inventions from January to april. And no one is convinced that the populists suddenly has passed and understood a economic course.

the EU-commission has realised that it's important to take it lightly. So complicated, it is not for the populists to complain about double standards.

But the French factor has been added. The yellow vests went out on the streets and caused violent riots in protest against president Emmanuel Macron. Soon, he had promised to lower gasoline tax and increased minimum wages paid by the state, something that would drive up the budget deficit to 3.4 per cent – the most in the EU together with Romania.

oh, no, " said the EU's (French) ekonomikommissionär Pierre Moscovici, France was a completely different thing than Italy.

right. France's public debt is ”only” 97 per cent of the gdp. At the same time, the country has had it tough with the EU's 3% limit for the budget deficit for as long as anyone can remember. It goes to say that the Macrons concessions were necessary. But it is also true that French public spending is already the highest in the EU, 57 per cent of gdp. The president has promised to cut them down. Any time.

Italy's populists went to the polls in the spring to provide everything for everyone: plattskatt, a guaranteed minimum income to the disadvantaged, and lowered retirement age. Structural economic reforms do not interest this government, despite the fact that the country's problems is not the EU's charges, but lousy growth in a couple of decades. The traditional forces inability to get into the strands on the ship is a good explanation to the voters ' craze for missnöjespartier.

from their ultimate outcome of rebellion against the EU's budgetary requirements. Not even the populists can ignore what the financial markets might come to think.

But the EU-commission has realised that it's important to take it lightly. It is not possible to turn a blind eye to the educational challenge, and Brussels raises a little love in Italy already as it is. So complicated, it is not for the populists to complain about double standards.

a lot of the right, the government in Rome most of the time wrong. It is not obvious that a large country such as Italy sees it the same way.

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