Quote of the week


“The episode of the ‘shoe made in Italy’ is grotesque. At first we smile and banalize because it’s ridiculous, then we get used to a dull symbolic violence, and one day we wake up with fascism. Stay alert! Democracy is a fragile treasure.”

Pierre Moscovici, Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs, warns that actions like Italian MEP Angelo Ciocca wiping his shoes on papers setting out why Italy’s 2019 budget proposal is unacceptable to the EU could lead down a road to fascism.

Photo: European Commission

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