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Pia Gripenberg: the Quarrel between France and Italy should primarily be seen as a part of the internal Italian politics

finally got the president of Emmanuel Macron enough. When Luigi Di Maio, the leader of the populist Italian Femstjärnerörelsen, traveled to France and met with representatives of the protest movement Gilets Jaunes, Yellow vests, considered together with Macros that limit was passed for how much a country can interfere in another country's politics.

the French ambassador in Rome were called to the home in protest. It is exceptionally. Last time it happened was when in 1940, when Mussolini was in power and started a war against France.

France and Italy are two of the EU's six founding members. They are euro area countries and the heart of the European union. For example, it was these six countries gathered for the emergency meeting in Berlin the day after the british electorate voted to leave the EU.

is a result of the change of power in Italy last year.

In June, the access of the new government, a coalition between the valvinnaren Femstjärnerörelsen and the right-wing Lega. At the election a few months earlier had Femstjärnorna scored 33% of the votes, Lega 18 per cent.

since Then, the balance of forces shifted in public opinion. The Lega, which profiled itself against immigration, has been growing strongly and now has 32 per cent vis-à-vis Femstjärnornas 25. The balance of forces is thus reversed.

the guaranteed minimum income and direct democracy gives obviously not the same effect in the electorate as to stop the migrantbåtar on the Mediterranean sea, which the lega's leader, Matteo Salvini in his role as minister of the interior made repeatedly.

Matteo Salvini has made president Emmanuel Macron and his ideas on a liberal and open Europe to his chief enemy for the upcoming european Elections.

At the side of the violence, which has been in several French cities, in the yellow vests emerged a group, which require more direct democracy, are turning against the political establishment and stand in the european Elections in may.

Femstjärnorna see that västarnas ideas close to their own and would like to have a cooperation for the election. It is completely natural. Every Swedish parliamentary party has such partnerships.

But to an Italian government representatives make common cause with the yellow vests and tackle Emmanuel Macron is in the French government's eyes obviously something more than a common political brawl.

One possible explanation is that in centralized France, the president is also the head of state. The same role as the Swedish king. Had the Danish ministers stood on Swedish soil and vevat against the king, it would lead to headlines, if you say so.

it will be a political fight rather than a diplomatic crisis between the two states. In Italy, it has led to president Sergio Mattarella intervened and determined that it is necessary to defend and cherish the friendly relationship with France.

Representatives of the French and the Italian business community has also urged the parties involved to de-escalate the conflict.

But it is difficult to see that the bonds of friendship once again to be linked in the near future. Also for Emmanuel Macron can conflict with Italy to be a tool in the campaign for the EUROPEAN elections.

Rather, teach it to wait until after the election, at the end of may, before the conditions are in place that the tone will be more normal.

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