Time for a deep breath to consider the state of the EU

Time for a deep breath to consider the state of the EU

As the Italian debacle has shown, Brussels should stop interfering in EU member states’ political affairs and concentrate on improving what works

‘When in Rome, do as the Romans do” is a well-used counsel to observe the local tradition or to defer to those with practical experience. Last week, it took on a slightly different meaning. It is a counsel against heavy-handed foreign intervention in the political affairs of the Italians.

Günther Oettinger, the EU’s commissioner for budget and human resources, found himself at the centre of a slightly contrived controversy when he made some remarks in...

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