European Union vs. Italy – Renzi: “We will not be intimidated by the EU”

European sources told ANSA Monday there is concern at the highest EU levels over a lack of communication channels with Rome. Juncker and Renzi traded barbs Friday over economic flexibility clauses and migrants. Juncker had lost his patience, the sources said.  (ANSA)

I think that the Italian prime minister, whom I love very much, is wrong to offend the Commission at every opportunity, I don’t see why he does it. I think I will go to official visit in Italy at the end of February to clarify the situationJuncker said. (Rai News)

Also Italian Foreign Affairs Paolo Gentiloni criticized Brussels: “”I consider some of the remarks that came from Brussels to be useless,” he said today before the Foreign Affairs Council. (Corriere della Sera)