Italy’s new government, made up of the right-wing League party and populist 5 Star Movement, is harshly critical of Germany. Many in Rome and across the country are worried about the crisis in Italy and the governing parties’ anti-EU rhetoric.
The ruling 5-Star Movement and League coalition are split over a multibillion-euro rail link with France. League supporters see the project as a source of jobs and growth, while the M5S has called it a waste of money.
Rome is determined to stick to fundamental aspects of its 2019 budget despite pressure from Brussels, according to Italian Economy Minister Giovanni Tria. The EU believes Italy's plans are "overly optimistic" and risky.
Italy has stuck to its big-spending budget plan, despite demands for changes from the EU and the threat of financial penalties. The move has sparked concerns over Italy's debt, and uncertainty from investors.
Daball has been working for DW's Focus on Europe since 2018. In this week's edition, she reports on Camerino in Italy, a place damaged in a 2016 earthquake and crumbling despite government promises to rebuild.
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