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Italians blame the EU for their troubles and anxieties



While Rome accepts the summit on the 60th anniversary of the EU, Italians are increasingly looking for Brexit as an example for themselves.



11.Apr.17 4:43 AM
By Christina Orlina
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Italians blame the EU for their troubles and anxieties

Euroscepticism in Italy has increased dramatically. While Rome accepts the summit on the 60th anniversary of the EU, Italians are increasingly looking for Brexit as an example for themselves. According to a recent poll, 53% of Italians do not rely on the EU, while in 2010, 55% were strong supporters of the European idea. Euronews went to the area near the new railway station Tiburtina in Rome. Earlier it was a district with a population of moderate means, and now citizens feel impoverished by the crisis and fear of uncontrolled immigration. Most blame the EU.

“Worse, not better ,-  said Nella, the woman whom the reporter asked. – Moreover, with the opening of the borders, migrants poured into Italy, and lost control. We need tighter regulation in Europe and more friendship and solidarity between all (EU countries) and not separation of Italy from the rest of Europe".

It was expected that this district would thrive after the construction of the TGV train station Tiburtina, but that did not happen. Local residents and entrepreneurs are frustrated and consider that Italy does not fully utilize the opportunities provided by EU membership.

“Take tenders to receive funding from EU funds, - another interviewee said, – Italy wins very few of these tenders, or we don't even participate. We could get a lot of money and to do a lot, but this is not happening".

People of different cultures live in this area. Many immigrants came here in the nineties, when everything was better. And some miss the days when there was no Euro.

The majority of Italians are shocked and disturbed by the impoverishment caused by the economic crisis of 2008. And they are afraid that the future can be even worse.




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