Markets will stop Italians voting populists says EU commissioner

ANSA: Italy was irked Tuesday by European Budget Commissioner Guenther Oettinger‘s saying financial markets would “give a signal” to Italians not to vote for populist parties of the right or left.  Italy’s two populist parties, the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) and the anti-migrant Euroskeptic League, led the reaction but were not alone. Democratic Party bigwig Carlo Calenda, the outgoing industry minister, for instance, called Oettinger’s intervention “intolerable” and called for him to apologise or resign. M5S European Parliament delegation head Laura Agea said “we ask European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to immediately contradict Commissioner Oettinger.