Italy votes raise EU concerns

ROME

Oct 23, 2017-

European Parliament chief Antonio Tajani said Europe should “fear” the spread of small nations as Spain struggled Sunday with the Catalonia crisis and the Italian regions of Lombardy and Veneto voted in referendums on greater autonomy.

In an interview with the Rome daily Il Messaggero, the Italian politician said Europe must “of course fear” the proliferation of small nations. “That’s why nobody in Europe intends to recognise Catalonia,” he said. “Even (British Prime Minister) Theresa May, in the full throes of Brexit, said the United Kingdom would never recognise Catalonia.”

“Spain is by its history a unified state, with many autonomous regions, with diverse populations who also speak different languages but who are part of a unified state.”

“It is not by degrading nationhood that we reinforce Europe,” he said.

The referendums in Lombardy, which includes Milan, and Veneto, where Venice is located, are taking place in regions that together account for nearly a third of Italy’s economic output and a quarter of its population.

Published: 23-10-2017 09:41

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