Macron Was Spoiling for a Fight With Italy’s Populists, Exposing the EU’s Fissures

Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini during a press conference in Rome, Italy, Jan. 14, 2019 (Photo by Riccardo Antimiani for ANSA via AP Images).
Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini during a press conference in Rome, Italy, Jan. 14, 2019 (Photo by Riccardo Antimiani for ANSA via AP Images).
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French President Emmanuel Macron called for reconciliation with Italy last week, after a heated diplomatic spat briefly led France to recall its ambassador from Rome for the first time since World War II. While the temperature has since come down a bit, the war of words reflects a larger battle being waged between members of the European Union over issues like immigration and fiscal policy, says Jan Zielonka, a professor of European politics at the University of Oxford and the author of “Counter-Revolution: Liberal Europe in Retreat.” In an interview with WPR, he discusses the EU-wide political implications of France […]

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