European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on June 5 defended Italy as a pillar of the European Union and a country that deserves respect. The remark comes after rows between the newly formed anti-establishment Italian government and EU commissioners.

“Italy deserves respect and trust,” Juncker told an economic conference in Brussels, adding that “Italy’s place is at the heart of Europe.”

League The leader of the far-right Lega party, Matteo Salvini, previously said that Eur...

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