Italy’s Euroscepticism: A case of Victimhood and a Tale of Missed Opportunity

Italy is now among the most eurosceptic countries in the EU: in the fall of 2017, 52% of Italians tend not to trust the EU, while the country was traditionnally pro-EU. Why?

Beda Romano, Il Sol/24 Ore‘s Brussels correspondent, analyses this change, explaining that it is the reflection of a country that failed the modernization required by the single currency. The founding rules of the euro are seen as a straightjacket by the Italians and putting into question the country’s post-war social order. Moreover, the way Europe has reacted to the refugee crisis has provoked resentment in Italy. Thus euroscepticism would be the reflection of citizens who attribute to the euro membership a risk of losing acquired rights and long-standing benefits.