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Anti-EU fury explodes in Italy as pandemic sparks 'remarkable' shift in public mood

Professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs, Anand Menon told BBC Radio London that over 60 percent of Italians now think membership of the European Union is a bad thing. Professor Menon stated that this could result in populist politicians gaining power within Italy.   

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Professor Menon said: “In some countries, notably Italy, the experience of the crisis has led to some remarkable changes in public opinion.

“Over 60 percent of Italians now think membership of the European Union is a bad thing.

“This doesn’t mean the Italians are about to leave the European Union.

“What it does mean though is that there is a danger of populist politicians coming to power.

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60 percent of Italians now think membership of the European Union is a bad thing (Image: Getty)

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“This will make it even hard for the EU to work well.”

He continued: “The European Central Bank has made available some eye-watering sums of money to preserve the market.

“The Germans have accepted Italian patients into their hospitals so it is not simply a story of member states turning their back on each other.

“One of the fundamental issues the EU faced was that health is one of the few areas they have no authority.”

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At the time of writing, Italy has the third-highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world.

The country has more than 210,000 recorded cases in total at the time of writing. 

The death toll in Italy is currently higher than 29,000 people. 

Over 82,000 people have recovered from COVID-19 in Italy.

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Worldwide there have been more than 3,600,000 COVID-19 cases at the time of writing. 

The death toll has reached more than 250,000.

More than 1,200,000 people have recovered from the coronavirus across the globe.

The United States has the highest amount of COVID-19 cases in the world with more than 1,200,000 confirmed cases.

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