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Understanding Italian Defiance

Adriano Bosoni
Senior Europe Analyst, Stratfor
Jan 26, 2016 | 08:05 GMT
Italy faces a fundamental problem: The kind of European Union the Italians want to build is similar to the type of country they have struggled to create at home.
Italy faces a fundamental problem: The kind of European Union the Italians want to build is similar to the type of country they have struggled to create at home.
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It took a combination of money, compromise and coercion to build a unified Italy. Elements of Italian history mirror the European Union's attempts to create a united Continent, and they offer clues to the bloc's future....

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