Italy’s Renzi criticises Franco-German dominance in EU
Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Thursday criticised Franco-German dominance in EU decision-making, especially on the refugee crisis, speaking on the eve of a Berlin visit. Renzi stressed that he holds German Chancellor Angela Merkel in high esteem, but also made the case for a bigger role for Italy and other European Union members in jointly tackling European crises. One point of contention was "Germany's attitude that all EU initiatives start with a bilateral meeting with the French," Renzi told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung daily.
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