Germany’s Christian Democratic Union leader Friedrich Merz has attacked coronavirus crisis-hit Italy’s Eurobonds demands, leading one German politician to suggest “the EU can fall apart because of this”. Mr Merz, who is considered most likely to succeed German Chancellor Angela Merkel. He made the serious allegations against Giuseppe Conte’s government on Twitter on Sunday sparking a backlash. Mr Merz said Italy, hard hit by the coronavirus crisis, wanted to use the pandemic for its own purposes.
Italy has so far not wanted to accept aid provided by the EU, he wrote in a tweet.
The tweet said: “That shows that Italy has no acute need for financing.
“It tries to find unlimited financing options for its state budget in the slipstream of coronavirus.”
The comments caused outrage in Italy and in Germany.
The Green European politician Reinhard Bütikofer responded and said: “This is as malicious as it is wrong.
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