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Welcome to the Cage: Italy's Savona Lays Out His View of Europe

  • Economist Paola Savona will head new European Affairs Ministry
  • President had vetoed Savona for finance ministry on euro views
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Italian Government Euro Reformist, Not Revolutionary, Says Galietti

Italy’s European Union partners have been warned. Euroskeptic economist Paolo Savona, 81, who’ll be sworn in as Minister for European Affairs in the populist government on Friday, has laid out his views on the bloc he calls “the European cage,” the euro, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Donald Trump in a new autobiography.

Savona’s appointment as finance minister had been vetoed by President Sergio Mattarella because of his views on the single currency. Savona will head a full ministry, an official of the Five Star Movement said. The department had previously been led by a junior minister under the premier’s authority. Savona will be given a free hand to rediscuss EU treaties, newspaper La Repubblica reported. Here are extracts from the book, entitled “Like A Nightmare And Like A Dream,” published May 24: