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‘ENEMIES OF EUROPE’ Italian politician savages eurocrats and calls for referendum on euro

A TOP Italian politician branded Jean-Claude Juncker and his cronies “enemies of Europe” as he called for a referendum on pulling the country out of the catastrophic euro.

Alessandro Di Battista, the rising star of the Five Star Movement, said the single currency had brought nothing but “social disintegration and unemployment” in a stunning attack on the EU.The youthful politician, who is tipped to fill a top post if the eurosceptic movement seizes power in Italy’s next general election, said voters should get the choice to ditch the disastrous economic project.

Five Star Movement's Alessandro Di BattistaGETTY

Alessandro Di Battista has called for a referendum on Italy’s membership of the euro currency


nd in a scathing attack on the euro elite he said “technocrats” at the European Commission were the real cause of Europe’s woes, vowing to wage a “serious fight against corruption” in Brussels.Mr Di Battista made the remarks after the Five Star Movement was buoyed by a stunning victory in the Italian referendum on Sunday which ousted PM Matteo Renzi from power.

Alessandro Di BattistaGETTY

The Five Star movement politician said the currency had been a disaster for Italy


Matteo RenziAFP

Sunday’s Italian referendum forced the resignation of PM Matteo Renzi


The anti-Brussels movement championed the ‘no’ campaign and is neck and neck with the socialist party in the opinion polls, leaving it poised to make massive electoral gains.Italy must hold an election within the next 18 months, with the country’s president expected to appoint unelected technocrat Pier Carlo Padoan to run an interim Government.

Such a move is likely to only strengthen the Five Star Movement’s election campaign, with the uninspiring establishment figure Mr Padoan inheriting a weak economy and seemingly unsolvable migrant crisis.

The enemies of Europe are the technocrats

Alessandro Di Battista

And speaking to La Repubblica Di Battista suggested his party will include a promised referendum on the euro in its manifesto, saying it was time for a vote on the matter.He said: “The Euro and Europe are not the same thing. We just want Italians to decide on the currency.”

Asked if he understood the consequences of leaving the euro, he hit back by citing the misery it had caused in Italy, which included “a fall in purchasing power, wages and industrial competitiveness, as well as social disintegration and unemployment”.

He said the party’s economic priorities would be supporting small and medium sized companies through “tax cuts and public banks that allow investments on these companies”.

And he added: “We are not an anti-political movement, nor a protest party.”His comments came as the European Central Bank (ECB) was locked in a battle to save Italy’s struggling banks, which are laden down with bad debts and facing possible meltdown.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/741852/Five-Star-Movement-Italian-Alessandro-Di-Battista-Jean-Claude-Juncker-referendum-euro

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