Understanding Italian Defiance

MIN READJan 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.

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Italy is a miniature version of the European Union because it has a Germany and a Greece within its borders in the form of a dynamic north and an underdeveloped south whose interests are not always aligned. It took a combination of money, compromise and coercion to build a unified Italy. But in the European Union, the economic crisis has tarnished the promise of prosperity, compromises are becoming harder to find and coercion is not a basis for a sustainable Continental project. ...

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