Speaking on Rete4’s Quarta Repubblica, Italy‘s Deputy Prime Minister warned “enough is enough” if Brussels asked the eurosceptic Government to make further cuts to its budget proposals. Mr Salvini argued his coalition Government had met all the necessary demands for its budget to finally be approved by the European Commission after months of tensions between Italy and the European Union.
The leader of far-right party Lega claimed Italy had shown “common sense” and “reason” in accepting to make some cuts to the original plans rejected by the Brussels institution.
He said he was hopeful Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker would be as “kind” as he had been and avoid to treat member states differently when it comes to follow the rules.
He claimed he would be unacceptable for the Commission to allow French President Emmanuel Macron to increase France’s budget deficit after months of negotiations on the Italian proposals over the same issue.
He said: “We have shown some common sense, reason and desire to dialogue but you need two people to dialogue.
“If you show common sense and on the other side they reciprocate such commons sense then friends as ever and we can back to work.
“I hope that on the other side, in Brussels, they will show common sense and not different treatments among EU siblings.
“Not if they count every single hair in Italy’s nose and France and Macron can spend all they want.”
Asked if he expected the European Commission to act in favour of the French President whilst rejecting his plan, he replied: “No, we’re close to Christmas, the saint Christmas, so we’re going to be kinder and I hope Juncker will be kinder too.”
He added: “I hope the case will be closed. Unless they ask us to cut here and there.
“No, enough is enough. We have done what we had to.”
Rome and Brussels have been spent 2018 repeatedly clashing over Italy’s controversial 2019 budget.
The first draft of the budget put forward by the Lega-Five Star Movement coalition was rejected by Brussels as it breached the bloc’s guidelines.
Following weeks of bitter debates and the Italian Government’ determination not to change it, the bloc issued threats of disciplinary proceedings against Rome.