The European Union will allow Italy to increase its deficit if it helped the country’s economy,” Italy’s deputy prime minister Luigi Di Maio said on Tuesday.
The comments by the leader of the 5-Star Movement (MS5) were quoted during an interview with Corriere della Sera daily.
Indeed, the European Commission appears to be toning down its confrontational rhetoric. A spokesperson for the European Commission said on Monday said Rome will update Brussels on the course of its budgetary policy, while there seems to be less appetite for a confrontation that would add to the instability of the Eurozone.
The cost of Italian debt dropped to its lowest level since March after the Financial Times reported on Monday that the EU was set to pause the disciplinary excessive deficit procedure against Italy.
Meanwhile, Luigi di Maio said on Monday that he was taken aback by the change of stance by the League on “mini-bots,” a parallel currency that would have allowed the state to pay off its cumulating debt towards businesses. On Sunday Cabinet Secretary and League economy spokesperson, Giancarlo Giorgetti said minibots were implausible, signalling that Rome is willing to meet Brussels halfway.
At this point in time, there is stronger demand for Italian bonds as the market is dominated by negative-yielding nominal bonds. Germany announced on Monday that it would seize issuing debt for the next two years.