Domenica, 23 Settembre 2018
BERLIN

Energy commissioner sees Italy as 'almost ungovernable'

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(updates previous with reactions)
Berlin, May 29 - European Energy Commissioner
Guenther Oettinger described Italy as "almost ungovernable" in
an interview published on German daily Bild's website Wednesday.
"I'm worried about countries that, overall, are almost
ungovernable, such as Bulgaria, Romania and Italy," Oettinger, a
German and a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian
Democratic Union (CDU) party, was quoted as saying.
"I'm worried because too many people believe that
everything is going well. Brussels has not yet recognised the
seriousness of the situation.
"Instead of thinking about combatting the debt crisis,
Europe celebrates its goodness and behaves like an educational
institution for the rest of the world".
European Commission spokeswoman Pia Ahrenkilde said that
the commissioners were politicians and that Oettinger had spoken
"as a politician" and not in the name of the EC.
Berlin, meanwhile, immediately distanced itself from the
comments.
"You will never hear expressions like this about Italy from
the German government," said spokesman Steffen Seibert, who
added that Europe was on the "right road" to solving its
problems after the spikes in the eurozone debt crisis in recent
years.
"We know some countries are in a very difficult situation,"
said Seibert. "There has been lots of progress. The German
government is cooperating with its partners in Europe to
overcome the crisis".

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