Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz Urges EU to Stop Italy Taking Europe »Hostage«

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Sebastian Kurz is speaking in the upper chamber of the Austrian Parliament Photo: Hadi/Wikimedia Commons Sebastian Kurz is speaking in the upper chamber of the Austrian Parliament Photo: Hadi/Wikimedia Commons

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has set his sights on the Italian populist coalition, saying that if the European Commission does not act, the Italian budget could take Europe “hostage”.

Chancellor Kurz, who currently chairs the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU), hit out against the Italian populist government budget saying: “Austria is not ready to support the debt of other states, while those states are actively legitimating market uncertainty.”

“Italy will take the European Union hostage if the Commission does not slam on the brakes,” Kurz said, calling on the European Commission, which has been heavily at odds with the Italian government over the budget issue, to act.

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