EU Finance Ministers have agreed on a Coronavirus Rescue Package – or so media headlines suggested. What the Eurogroup actually did was to push Italy and Southern Europe one step closer to a Greek scenario.
Italy’s Euroskeptic government led by Lega’s Matteo Salvini and Five Star Movement’s Luigi Di Maio are preparing an assault on the foundation of the European Union itself to save Italy.
Since these elections didn’t end up with an upside surprise for the Euroskeptic parties overall, the usual suspects in Brussels will wrongly take that as a vote of confidence to thwart any reforms to their European project.
The European Parliament elections are not a moment of triumph for today’s winners who want a self-respecting, powerful and dignified Europe to make its return, but this victory is at least an opportunity to make further strides towards that end.