Merkel gives a roasting to Italy and France over reforms. Italian Minister for EU Affairs hits back at her

Reuters:  In an interview with German daily Die Welt, Merkel had called on Italy and France to enact additional measures ahead of a March ruling by the European Commission on whether their budgets conform with the bloc’s deficit and debt rules. Italian Minister for European Affairs Sandro Gozi replies: “The Italian government has never permitted itself to hand out marks to a European Union member country and we ask Germany for the same respect”. Read full article here.