The Germany Italy Wants: A More Daring Leader of a More United Europe

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Series Details No.4, February 2018
Publication Date February 2018
ISBN 978-88-9368-071-4
ISSN 2610-9603
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The divergences between Italy and Germany span a broad spectrum of crucial issues related to the governance and future development of the Eurozone and the European Union – from the banking union to current-account imbalances, from the Union-wide fiscal stance to the size of the EU’s budget.

Behind these divergences lies a lack of mutual trust and shared vision for the whole EU.
If the two countries fail to act together to achieve a more integrated and resilient Union, the risks for the sustainability of the European project are real.

The current positive economic juncture is an occasion not to be missed for both EU members – for Italy to reform, for Germany to finally start embracing its role as a leader and acting accordingly.

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