EU rules 'very favourable' to Germany
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Italy's Gozi: EU rules 'very favourable' to Germany

Italy's Europe Minster Sandro Gozi says the eurozone budget rules "have worked well for one big country at the centre of Europe".

He told Hardtalk: "They have been very favourable to Germany. Now they are changing. We must push for further change because we need to have a more balanced approach."

The European Commission forecasts Italian growth at 0.9% this year, the slowest in the eurozone and real income per head is lower than when Italy joined the euro in 1999.

Italy is also facing a banking crisis, with around a one-fifth of Italian banks’ loans - nearly $400 billion -considered non-performing, according to a 2015 International Monetary Fund report. The figure accounts for 40% of all troubled loans in the eurozone.

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  • 07 Apr 2017
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