Brussels in SHOCK as Italian PM declares: ‘EU is like orchestra on Titanic’

Thursday, February 11, 2016
By Paul Martin

ITALY’s prime minister Matteo Renzi has stunned Brussels by comparing crisis-hit EU bosses as “like the orchestra playing on the Titanic”.

Thu, Feb 11, 2016

The spirited leader continued his attacks on Brussels chiefs over their failure to deal with the multiple crises afflicting the 28-member bloc.

The EU is currently beset by emergencies such as the global migrant crisis, eurozone debt timebomb, high levels of youth unemployment, the threat of terrorism and Britain’s EU referendum.

Mr Renzi has fought a series of battles with Brussels taking office two years ago, while thousands of refugees have arrived on Italy’s shores from war-torn Libya and other parts of north Africa and the Middle East.

Support for the eurosceptic Five Star Movement has grown in Italy, while Mr Renzi has been fighting the eurozone’s strict austerity policies on member state’s budget deficits.

In an interview with Bloomberg, he made the comparison between the EU and a sinking ship but hailed Italy’s own domestic reforms.

He said: “The EU is like the orchestra playing on the Titanic.

“Today we have done reforms and we are in a position to say to EU partners: ‘friends, we can change this wrong, bureaucratic approach.’ ”

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