“The relations between Italy and the European Union are going down down down!” former President of the European Commission Romano Prodi says to BBC Radio 4.
“It is time for the Italian government to defend national interests, the interests of Italian companies. Companies can be nationalised, protected or you can impose taxes and controls on goods entering and leaving the country. France worries about French interests. Germany worries about German interests. The only problem with Italy is that the Italian government protects the interests of others,” he also added.