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Southern Europe Soros attacks Salvini, says he wants to take Italy out of EU and Eurozone

 Well-known Left-wing extremist financier George Soros has turned his guns on Matteo Salvini, leader of the populist Right-wing Lega party and Italy’s former Minister of the Interior. Soros accused Salvini of wanting to take Italy out of both the European Union and the Eurozone.

Soros made the remarks in an interview he gave last week to Italy’s Il Sole 24 Ore newspaper. He was speaking in the context of explaining the importance of preventing other EU member states from following the United Kingdom’s path toward leaving the bloc.

“Fortunately, [Salvini]’s personal popularity has declined since he left the government, but support for his positions is gaining momentum,” Soros said, according to a report by Il Giornale. “What would Europe be without Italy? Italy was the most pro-European country. The Italians had more confidence in Europe than in their own government, for excellentThe Italians had more confidence in Europe than in their own government, for excellent reasons, but they were mistreated during the migrant crisis of 2015.”
Soros went on to attribute Italians’ resentment toward Brussels, and Salvini’s subsequent political successes, to the fact that they have been required to shoulder a disproportionate share of the illegal migrants coming to the EU in recent years. EU laws require that the countries where migrants first arrive must provide for them. Soros also alluded to the EU’s recent refusal to issue so-called “coronabonds” to distribute the debt incurred by member states that have been hit hard by the impact of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as another factor fueling Italians’ euroskepticism.

Il Giornale traces Soros’ negative attention on their country to the “Black Wednesday” financial crisis of 1992, when both Italy and the UK were forced to withdraw their currencies from the European Exchange Rate Mechanism following a speculative move by Soros. This led to the Italian lira’s devaluing by 30%.

Nevertheless, even if Soros is correct about Salvini’s intentions towards the EU and the Eurozone, he would hardly be alone among Italians in that. Recent polls have shown that 49% of Italians are in favour of leaving both the EU and the Eurozone, as previously reported by Voice of Europe.

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