Italian Officials Remove EU Flags Over Coronavirus Response
Italy's politicians replace flags with Chinese and Russian ones to protest European Union
Officials in Italy have begun removing EU flags and replacing them with Italian, or even Chinese and Russian flags, in protest of the European Union's response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Italians are becoming increasingly disillusioned with the European Union.
Many now feel there has been a complete lack of support from the bloc in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Videos on social media have been circulating showing politicians and members of the public removing the EU flag in protest.
Some have been replacing it with the Russian or Chinese flag because Russia and China have delivered medical supplies to Italy whilst the EU has been criticized for its lack of help while thousands of Italians are dying from the coronavirus.
Even the New York Times has criticized Germany, a key player in the EU project, for not doing enough to help other countries.
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz blasted the move, saying: “It should not happen that we have to fight alone for two weeks to ensure that trucks with protective masks we have already paid for and urgently need get stuck on the German border.”
In protest of the EU response, a member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, Fabio Rampeli, replaced the EU flag with Italy’s national flag in parliament, The Daily Sabah reports.
Italy's leftist Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has even warned that EU leaders could be making “tragic mistakes”
Conte stressed that the country is “suffering a lot” and “cannot afford to procrastinate.”
The president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has described the coronavirus pandemic as “a turning point” for the EU.
This crisis and the politicians’ response could make or break the European Union.
As Neon Nettle previously reported, as the coronavirus death toll in Italy continues to surge, Italians are rising up against globalism and demanding to leave the European Union over the EU's response to the Chinese virus pandemic.
The devastation suffered across the country is now leading Italians to question the value of globalism and, more specifically, asking what benefit their European Union membership gives them.
The anti-EU sentiment is now soaring for following Britain's Brexit and getting out and going it alone.
Italian politicians are ramping up discussions about quitting the European Union as citizens begin burning EU flags.