The European Union has leveled fierce criticism at Italy for its spending plans and has threatened to introduce disciplinary measures. But many Italian business owners say they don't want EU technocrats telling them what to do.
The incoming head of the European Commission has said she will look for pragmatic solutions to the issue of migration. Ursula von der Leyen also spoke of plans for Italy's budget and her approach to Poland and Hungary.
The EU Commission has begun a legal process that could mean unprecedented sanctions and financial oversight of Europe's fourth-largest economy. Italy aims to change the rules that could lead to its censure.
The European Commission president has said Italy is moving in an "unsound direction" regarding public debt. Jean-Claude Juncker warned Rome to rethink, though Italy's leaders appear divided.
Brussels has asked the Italian government to explain its lack of progress in reducing debt. Italy's populist government is accused of exposing the bloc to financial problems by ignoring budget discipline rules.
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